Oise Fire and Rescue Department unveils 32-meter Aerial Platform truck equipped with an Allison automatic transmission at the 120th French Firefighters Congress, Oct. 10 to 12 in Chambéry (Aisles D & F, Area 25).
PARIS, France, 21th of October 2013 – A new flexible fire and rescue aerial platform truck is introduced as a direct competitor of traditional ladder trucks. Featuring an Allison 3200 fully automatic transmission, this vehicle is built on a Renault Premium 340.19D chassis. According to Oise Fire and Rescue, the transmission and chassis combination offers firefighters the most flexibility, and it has quickly proven to be indispensable. With a 32-meter arm and an integrated Finnish Bronto Skylift system, the vehicle is designed to adapt for all types of intervention, from civilian search and rescue to fighting fires.Oise Fire and Rescue has 23 vehicles equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions, including three aerial platform trucks which spearhead its fleet. The trucks equipped with Allison transmissions are a real advantage for drivers, who no longer have to worry about gear changes and are able to concentrate on their driving, keeping both hands on the wheel. Allison Continuous Power TechnologyTM delivers full power shifts, ensuring exceptional performance and precision maneuvering. The firefighters, who often operate under difficult conditions, were immediately appreciative of the platform vehicle’s ability to cope with situations requiring a high degree of technical skill.
According to Lieutenant-colonel Regis Baujoin, Head of Logistics for Oise Fire and Rescue, “The purchase of aerial platform vehicles equipped with Allison transmissions was both a technical and operational choice. The transmissions’ maneuverability and ease of use were decisive factors in light of the need to operate in confined spaces and rural areas. Furthermore, the safety aspect of the vehicle is a real asset. These elements together make the aerial platform solution a trustworthy ally for firefighters who continually work in emergency situations.”
The aerial platform truck was recently used to tackle a downtown house fire. While traveling to the fire, the driver benefitted from the vehicle’s superb maneuverability, especially considering the challenging conditions of steeply sloped roads, pavement of varying heights and parked cars scattered throughout the operation site. Once in place, within minutes, jacks were positioned on both sides of the truck to ensure stability and level the vehicle as the front of the truck stood 80 centimeters high, while the back seemed to float 20 centimeters above the ground. The aerial platform was then used by the firefighters to efficiently extinguish the fire.
This summer, the multi-use aerial platform was mobilized to assist locals impacted by a violent hailstorm which destroyed roofs and skylights in more than 300 homes.
“Allison transmissions are designed to reliably perform tough operations in extreme conditions, making Allison a preferred partner of firefighting departments around the world. This demanding sector requires comfort, safety, handling and durability, and our transmissions deliver,” said Manlio Alvaro, Allison Transmission Marketing Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
About the Oise Fire and Rescue Department
The Oise Fire and Rescue Department employs nearly 3,000 people, including 573 professional firefighters and 2,400 volunteers, accommodating almost 60,000 emergency calls annually.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,800 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.allisontransmission.com.
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