All-Wheel drive vehicles allow fire crews to access areas others can’t reach

West Sussex residents are benefiting from enhanced fire service cover following the introduction of a radical new appliance based on the UK’s first 6×6 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The 7.0-tonne chassis was developed by German specialist Oberaigner and combines a highly competitive payload with exceptional ‘go anywhere’ capability.

It has been commissioned, along with a 4×4 Sprinter, by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Supplied by local Dealer Rossetts Commercials, the sole UK agent for the 6×6 variant, both have purpose-designed bodies by WH Bence Coachworks. They are fitted with ultra-high pressure (100 bar, 38 litres/min) pumps, and carry battery powered hydraulic rescue gear and medical response equipment.

Call to traction: The new 6×6 and 4×4 Sprinters

The 6×6 is based in Midhurst and can deliver a crew of up to five to any incident in any weather. It’s 1200-litre tank will allow crews to fight off-road heath and forest fires with water or foam for 30 minutes before needing to refill. It is also well equipped to cope when roads are compromised by severe weather.

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Kieran Amos explains: “These vehicles represent a new concept. They give us options for future mobilising which can be tailored to the specific demands of each incident.

Most importantly, they have to meet the needs of the firefighters who will be using them. We believe the Sprinters represent a significant improvement for our fleet and will enhance the response we can provide to communities in times of need.”

To find out more about our specialist vehicles visit the Rossetts Commercials website at www.rossetts.co.uk.