Surtruck is working on the manufacture of 23 firefighting vehicles for the Cádiz Province Fire Brigade. These are light urban pumpers (BUL) that have a special width designed to work in urban environments that are difficult to access and in historic centres of heritage cities. The BUL vehicles meet all these needs, and at the same time represent a qualitative leap compared to the vehicles of this type currently available on the market.
Surtruck is well advanced in its work on the prototype of the light urban pump, which has been undergoing inspections these days at the University Institute for Automobile Research (INSIA) in Madrid, part of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers. It has just passed the static stability tests, i.e. rollover tests, and has therefore passed the European standard 1846, which certifies that the essential risks have been assessed and minimised and that the vehicle is safe. These tests, passed at the INSIA, reinforce the fact that Surtruck has full accreditation in Partial Vehicle Directives, as accredited by the Automotive Certification Unit (UCA).
Having successfully completed this phase, the company has now moved on to the process of building the light urban pumps, the first twelve units of which will be delivered before the end of the year, as announced during the signing of the contract. The remaining eleven of the 23 ordered in total will be delivered in 2022. Another aspect to highlight is that the Consortium’s work table designed the distribution of the material that carries the cabin together with Surtruck, something that has been a real challenge. In a reduced size, the BUL will include all the necessary equipment for a totally autonomous action in the event of a fire. A challenge if we take into account that the selected material also complies with all the canons established by ergonomics and Occupational Risk Prevention.
All these advances that are being achieved will consolidate the BUL as the most modern fire fighting vehicles on the market. They have a 360º recording vision system, a thousand-litre water tank with a pressure regulator that guarantees a constant flow of water at both low and high pressure, a width of two metres and a turning radius between kerbs of 5.2 metres and, what will be highly valued in emergency situations, less noise and vibrations, something that allows professionals to communicate with each other naturally, together with the pump station itself, while the intervention is being carried out.