Rosenbauer new Alpen PANTHER 6×6 is ready for winter. The new PANTHER 6×6 for the Innsbruck airport fire department features more than just powerful extinguishing systems. It is also equipped with cutting edge safety devices. "Around here in winter, snow, ice, and poor visibility are nothing unusual. So we depend on the technical capabilities of the vehicle to ensure safe performance every time we deploy," says Captain Thomas Reiner of the airport fire department. The Roll Stability Control (RCS) system makes a major contribution to driving safety. In extreme situations it reduces engine torque and automatically applies brakes, markedly reducing the risk of the vehicle rolling over.
Heavy snowfall and fog can impair visibility just as much as darkness and plumes of smoke. But with the FLIR infrared camera, PANTHER 6×6 drivers can still see through these conditions. Images from the heat-sensitive camera can be displayed on the multifunctional screen in the cockpit. The driver then sees any obstacles much earlier and can take evasive action before it's too late. Improved visibility can also greatly shorten the time needed to drive to the site, an enormously important capability, particularly at an airport where every second counts.
Rear-wheel steering is a special feature of the Alpen PANTHER. This not only enables a tighter turning radius, but also reduces tire wear. At Innsbruck airport, environmental factors are a high priority, which is why the new PANTHER is powered by a low-emission EURO 6 motor.