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The southernmost Scania fire engine in the world

The southernmost Scania fire engine in the world

Egenes Branneteknikk AS in Norway has completed the complex delivery of this Scania P550CB 4×4/Rosenbauer “Buffalo” light foam tender. The vehicle is for one of the most southernmost points of the world at the Norwegian Polar Institute “Troll” research station at Queen Maud Land in Antarctica.

The fire-tender was built with precision timing enabling it to catch the supply ship that sails just once a year from Denmark to the research station carrying loads too large to be transported by air.

Following a 15,000 kilometre journey by sea the fire-tender was carefully unloaded and transferred on to a special sledge and towed a further 250 kilometres by snowmobiles over the glacial ice to the ice station located 1,270 metres above the Southern Ocean.

The Troll research station is manned all year round. During the winter months, the station has approximately 6 researchers on site – rising to up to 30 in the summer season. Various research programs and observations are conducted at the ice station which comprises of a variety of buildings used for research, communication, accommodation and recreational purposes.

The 3000 metre long runway at Troll is built on top of the blue glacial ice and is only open for transport planes during the Antarctic summer between November and February. Keeping the runway safe and serviceable involves continual maintenance. Any cracks that form in the ice must be filled with water which will be one of the tasks of the new fire-tender.

The Scania fire tender features a 550 hp diesel engine, Rosenbauer MBW modular bodywork and a Rosenbauer N55 5,500 lpm pump. It carries 5,600 litres of water, 400 litres of foam, 250kg DCP and features a Rosenbauer RM60C roof mounted monitor. The truck also features a “polar pack” which includes additional insulation to the cab, spiked tyres and a diesel heater to prevent the diesel, pump and water from freezing.

For more information, go to www.egenes.as

With grateful thanks to Gary Parkinson for providing this news item.

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Gary P Parkinson works for UK based Perren Engineering Limited in the role of Sales and Support. He has had a valid interest in aviation fire and rescue for over 30 years contributing to various international publications.