On the 26th September, in the presence of assembled guests from the African nations, Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion in South Africa chose Wonderboom National Airport in Pretoria as the setting to launch and fully demonstrate the capabilities of their stunning all-new “Rhino” custom built airport crash tender.
The Rhino is the latest edition to the company’s extensive range of fire-fighting and rescue vehicles which are built exclusively at their Centurion headquarters. The Rhino is based on an Italian Fresia F800 series airport crash tender chassis; available in 4×4, 6×6 or 8×8 configuration. It features a stainless steel fully insulated crew-cab with 180 degrees viewing angle, seating options for a driver and up to four crew, SCBA mountings and wide opening doors.
A Deutz diesel engine is fitted as standard along with Allison automatic transmission, a Cushman power divider and heavy duty independent suspension. The aluminium body is of modular construction with GRP profiling – allowing the Rhino to be tailor made to individual customers specific requirements. The body features up to five fully illuminated stowage lockers each side and easy engine access. Fire engineering includes a Zeigler centrifugal pump with flow rate options between 4,000-10,000 lpm, an electronically controlled roof mounted monitor with a capacity up to 8,000 lpm and a bumper turret with a capacity of up to 3,000 lpm.
The 4×4 can accommodate up to 7,000 litres of water plus 840 litres of foam, the 6×6 up to 13,000 litres of water plus 1,560 of foam and the 8×8 up to 18,000 litres of water plus 2,160 litres of foam. The Rhino features a Marcé integrated electronic control system permitting seamless pump operation, a Marcé rapid starting kit keeping the engine temperature at an optimum level for an immediate response and an extensive list of options to meet individual customers specific requirements. The Rhino range exceeds all current ICAO and NFPA standards.
For more information, go to www.marce.co.za
With grateful thanks to Gary Parkinson for providing this report and photograph.