LJLA commissions its new $1 million 'Striker'
fire and rescue vehicle
LIVERPOOL'S John Lennon Airport have commissioned their
new $1million, 'state of the art' Oshkosh Striker rescue and fire fighting
vehicle and gave employees the chance to see its capabilities with a
demonstration at the Airport's Fire training rig.
Built in the US specifically for the Airport by specialist vehicle manufacturer
Oshkosh Corporation, the 42 tonne airport fire appliance was shipped over to
Liverpool earlier this year and has been undergoing testing and fire crew
familiarisation ahead of coming into service.
The high tech vehicle is capable of 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds, carries 12,000
litres of water and can disperse this a distance of over 90 metres, emptying its
tank in under 2 minutes.
It is also equipped with a High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET),
which allows the Airport fire crews to carry out firefighting whilst operating
the HRET inside the appliance cab, without the crews initially being within the
risk area, viewing all operations through both a colour camera and a Forward
Looking Infrared Camera (FLIR).
The Striker also has a unique feature with its 'Snozzle' that
allows crews to pierce through an aircraft skin and deploy water and foam,
extinguishing any internal fires.
Neil Gyllenship, Fire Service Manager for LJLA commented:- "The Airport
continues to demonstrate further investment into the safety of its passengers
and employees with this vehicle which further enhances the Airport's fire and
rescue capability. This is the latest generation of Airport fire and rescue
equipment currently available and is faster, more economical and more efficient
than many other fire and rescue vehicles."