Magirus now offers a further innovation for its standard rescue cage – with a greater payload of 400 kg. The new RC400-C model (C = Compact) holds up to four people. The RC400-C is available for all standard and articulated turntable ladders with a working height of up to 42 m. The additional compact four-person rescue cage extends Magirus's range of rescue cages to a total of five - the RC300, RC400-C, RC400, RC500 and the RC500-H. They are based on three different base bodies so that every user has the right rescue cage for the respective local situation or operational tactics.
The RC400-C’s compact design and low lateral overhang was designed and developed for the cramped roof and building structures often found in inner cities. This is especially advantageous when compared to large cages, as the RC400-C enables fast and direct access to confined entry points.
The RC400-C has many uses, even at extreme extension. Its control stand is located in the middle of the cage for the best possible all-round view. Operational conditions rarely allow ladders to be extended precisely at right angles, therefore Magirus continues to rely on practical corner entry as well as foldaway side doors and handrails that enable safe, free access – even when firefighters are equipped with breathing apparatus. Corner entries also make it easier for rescued people to enter the cage, for fast, safe rescues.
The new RC400-C draws on proven continuous anchoring to the cage floor, which prevents objects, such as tools or personal equipment, from falling out. Such details underscore the practicality of Magirus rescue cages. Both lateral multi-function pillars can be used independently - a typical Magirus feature. Cage accessories such as Magirus's newly developed RS270 universal support for stretchers and basket stretchers can be attached either on the left or right of the pillars. It is suitable for all common stretchers and basket stretchers and can be used in a variety of situations thanks to its enormous capacity. The RS270 can also be rotated by 360° on both sides of the rescue cage, as such the holder is always optimally located in relation to the facade, even in difficult extension positions. The side and front overhangs of the stretchers over the cage frame ensure absolutely safe patient transfer for easy and safe rescue.
With the RC400-C, the water hoses have been placed outside the cage on the side and they benefit from a water flow of up to 2,500 litres per minute - well above the industry average. The plug-in water monitor can be manually or electrically controlled.
Magirus turntable ladders have very short set-up times and can be universally deployed. The rescue cages can be easily and quickly removed - another practical feature of the world-renowned Magirus turntable ladders. The RC400-C can also be removed by two people in less than two minutes, in order to equip the ladder with other mission-critical attachments such as the RL500 Magirus Rescue Loader or the ViaGara water monitor.
In addition, a wide selection of accessories, specially designed for rescue cages, is available for the RC400-C. These include the RS270 universal support for stretchers and basket stretchers as well as a system for flexible self-protection in the cage or the Magirus Safety Peak - an easy to use additional anchor point for protection and rescue of up to two people, which can be attached to both sides of the rescue cage.