Sides of St Nazaire are in the process of supplying three identical VMR EP 130 industrial fire-fighting vehicles to the Harouge Oil Operation in Libya. These stunning fire tenders are built on custom-built Kenworth C500 6×6 chassis-cabs featuring a 7.213 metre wheelbase, Michelin XZL” 24R21 16PR-54.6 tyres and a GVW of 39,000 kg.
The tenders are powered by a Cummins ISX 500 series 500 hp diesel engine, feature Allison 4500 series 6 x speed automatic transmission plus an Allison single output transfer box. The trucks have been specified with a host of optional features including “Fire Boss” automatic tyre inflation system, special paint and dual 450 litre fuel tanks.
Fire engineering includes a rear mounted Sides FP6500 bronze pump delivering 6,500 lpm @ 10 bar and a rear mounted light alloy POK automatic “Snake Lofty” monitor delivering 2,500 lpm with a horizontal range of 70 x metres. The trucks carry 7,000 litres of water, 5,000 litres of foam plus 1000 kg DCP manufactured to ASME standard by Perren Engineering Limited.
For more information, go to www.Sides.fr
With grateful thanks to Gary Parkinson for providing this report and photograph.