On 30 March 2016, Magirus handed over the first four of a total 41 tank pumpers to the “Valsts Ugunsdzesibas Un Glabsanas Dienests” (VUGD), State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia. In a ceremony held at the central fire station of the Riga Fire Department, the company give VUGD Head Oskars Abolins the symbolic key for the new fire-fighting vehicle fleet. It was subsequently accepted by Aleksandrs Politika, who represented the Riga Fire Department.
The order volume of the current delivery to Latvia includes a total of 41 TLF 3000 fire engines. The tank pumpers are all built on an Iveco EuroCargo 150E32W 4x4 chassis. It has 235 kW (320 hp) and is Euro 6 compliant. With a total permissible weight of 18,000 kg, this Magirus TLF 3000 is extremely versatile. Due to its cab extension, the vehicle provides space for a crew of 1+5. In addition to an internal tank that holds 3000 l of extinguishing agent and 200 l foam, the FPN 10-3000 centrifugal pump has a pumping capacity of 3,000 l at 10 bar to ensure the necessary fire-fighting power. A quick-attack hose reel is also included in the scope of the package. The pneumatically extensible light mast with 2 x 230 V LED floodlights is optimal for illuminating any location.
To improve Latvia’s current situation, a large part of the country’s existing fleet of predominantly older vehicles is being successively replaced. According to the VUGD, investments of over 36 million euros are foreseen for the purchase of new fire-fighting and rescue vehicles by 2018. In addition to the recently transferred vehicles, Magirus will deliver 13 more fire engines this year. At the beginning of 2017, the VGDU will receive the remaining 24 TLF 3000 vehicles.