Rosenbauer Panther 8x8 (BRW33), with the High-Reach Extendable Turret extended, from the Brandweer Schiphol driving along the Polderbaan, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Holland)
This Rosenbauer Panther 8x8 Crashtender with callsign BRW33 was delivered in 2020 and is the latest Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle of the Brandweer Schiphol (Schiphol Fire Brigade) stationed at Post Vijfhuizen, near the Polderbaan.
The Rosenbauer Panther 8x8 vehicles are equipped with the latest extinguishing technology. With its 1450 hp the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 80 km/h (about 50 mph) in under 25 seconds, while reaching top speeds of 135 km/h (84 mph). Firefighters can use it to fight fires while driving, which enables a faster and safer extinguishing process. The vehicles can drive and extinguish at the same time and emit large quantities of extinguishing agents in a short time: 13.300 liters of water, 1600 liters of foam, and more than 250 kg of powder. To summarize, the extinguishing technology's key components include a high-end pump unit with an electronically controlled around-the-pump foam proportioning system, an additional dry powder unit, two roof turrets, and an extinguishing lance (piercing tool). The main and bumper turrets can be operated with maximum power during driving, while the extinguishing lance can pierce an aircraft wall to deliver water into the cabin. The High-Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) and piercing tool are operated via joysticks from the cockpit. Colour and thermal imaging cameras show on a display where the operators are aiming with the turret and extinguishing jet, and where they are deploying the piercing tool. With this unloading capacity, Schiphol will be able to meet the strictest requirements and allow the largest aircraft models such as the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380 to continue to use the airport. Schiphol's site is unusual and has lots of grass and fields. The vehicles are therefore equipped with special wide tires and technical features to improve their off-road capabilities. Navigation systems and infrared cameras allow the fire brigade to get safely across the runway even in poor weather conditions such as fog, rain, or snow.