GHE-O Rescue and Jacinto VFCI Forestry Fire Trucks Hit The DirtPosted in News on October 25, 2013
We just came across a few videos of some really cool Off-Road Trucks that take Rescue vehicles to a whole new level. These aren’t your ordinary run of the mill fire trucks or ambulance’s though. These things are massive and can get to places other trucks would never even dream of.
We’ll start with the Jacinto VFCI Forestry Fire Truck. This truck is built on a MANN semi-truck platform and is then fitted with the business end of the fire truck that is then mounted using a wishbone style mount to allow the box to flex independently of the truck’s frame while navigating off road terrain. The truck’s cab seats 6 firefighters comfortable with all of their gear. Since this truck will be subjected to constant high temperatures, all the vitals and plumbing are protected by a fireproof sheathing. To keep the tires from bursting in case you need to drive through a wall of fire, the tires are kept cool via a water spray system that soaks the tires when necessary. All this off road prowess comes at a cost so it’s no surprise that the Jacinto VFCI tips the scales at 29,000 pounds and this isn’t even factoring in the weight of the 792 gallons of water that it can hold.
The GHE-O Rescue truck is really impressive even by looks alone. It’s like the wilder version of an off road Batmobile. This Romanian powerhouse is powered by either a diesel engine that puts out 218-304 horsepower or a Gasoline powered engine that produces 340 – 500 horsepower to get this behemoth off road rescue vehicle moving. We’re just going to assume their diesel engine might be really Smokey so the gas powered engine might be the ticket to be a real off road hero. It looks like it would weigh twice as much as an H1 Hummer but the reality is this thing is actually 500 pounds lighter even though it’s three feet longer and two feet wider. The massive cab can hold 11 passengers which makes it the perfect rescue vehicle during floods. Oh yeah, did we mention this thing can also run on water? Well, technically the GHE-O Rescue floats in water thanks to its inflatable tire-mounted air bags which keep it afloat while it powers across deep river crossings. In case you think the GHE-O Rescue might be afraid of a little water, it can ford the deep rivers pretty easily while its near vertical approach angle allows it to climb over huge boulders while the massive ground clearance allows it drive right up and over a tall river bank. The massive agricultural tires keep the GHE-O Rescue floating over deep snow even while recovering a vehicle from the snow. Heck, it’s even available with a half-track attachment.
You can rest assured that these off road rescue vehicles will be out in full force even in the worst weather condition.
Check out the videos below of these wild off road rescue vehicles getting put through their paces!