20 July 2015
The New Zealand Fire Service has commissioned its 250th IVECO fire appliance, a mid-sized pump truck that will soon be working from the Te Puke station.
The IVECO Eurocargo ML120 appliance carries a crew of six, has a 2000 litre tank and can pump water at up to 2000 litres a minute. It replaces an older IVECO that will now be put to work at a quieter station.
“Fire appliances have an expected operating life of 25 years,” said New Zealand Fires Service national fleet manager Mike Moran.
“New trucks are put in to the busiest stations and the trucks they replace are moved to less busy locations.”
About 700 of the Fire Service’s 850-strong fleet are pumping appliances, rated as heavy-duty, medium-sized or lighter appliances. The national Fire Service is one of the largest in New Zealand, and is large even by comparison with firefighting fleets overseas because most are regional rather than national fire services. All 250 IVECO appliances in the Fire Service fleet are still in operation. The first one to go into service is now ten years old.
The latest addition has a clean-running Euro Five compliant 5.9-litre Tector engine rated at 251hp. It drives through a five-speed Allison automatic transmission. IVECO Trucks NZ Country Manager Ian Walker added: “The Eurocargo offers class-leading turning circle, excellent visibilty from the driver’s seat with no fewer than six mirrors, a cab that has easy access and lap and diagonal seat belts for all six occupants.”
The Fire Service tenders for each type of appliance approximately every five years.
For further information:
Country Manager, IVECO Trucks New Zealand
09 277 2070