Volvo unleashes FM emergency response truck

By: Ben Dillon, Photography by: Ben Dillon, Volvo


Rosenbauer input in firefighting unit reflecting frontline feedback

Volvo unleashes FM emergency response truck
Volvo FM Crew Cab

 

The new Volvo FM Crew cab has arrived in Australia with a clear priority: keeping our frontline emergency services personnel safe and operational.

In conjunction with fire services equipment manufacturer Rosenbauer Australia,  this new vehicle has been specially designed and equipped, front to back, with the needs of the firefighter at top of mind, Volvo Trucks says.

A key focus during the development of the FM Crew Cab was to create a cab that made a firefighter’s job easier while also supporting the health and well-being of their teams in the challenging conditions they often face.

And it collected feedback from the field to that end.

From left, Volvo CEO Martin Merrick, Swedish ambassador Henrik Cederin, Volvo VP Gary Bone and Rosenbauer MD Arthur Weimer

This has resulted in a more human-centric approach to emergency vehicle design.

The new vehicle is available with both 11- and 13-litre engine options, with the choice of Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions ratings.

Transmission options encompass the six-speed Powertronic torque converter automatic through to the class leading 12-speed I-Shift AMT with the added option of crawler gears.


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"I’m delighted to launch the new Volvo FM Crew Cab, a truck especially designed for firefighters based on real world feedback by firefighters," Volvo Trucks Australia vice president Gary Bone says.

"We asked firefighting crew members for feedback and took on board their answers."

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"We focused on supporting the wellbeing of our firefighters, with better operational logic, keeping information easily accessible at their fingertips and providing better ergonomic features," Bone continues.

"We looked at improving the cabin with features like greater access with the egress-fold down step, wide door openings, and enhanced grab rails.

"Firefighters were also front of mind when we designed the cabin interior, ensuring that the interior is safely lit whilst also preserving low light vision.

"And we intend to build these vehicles right here in Australia.

"I am proud that our products are able to play a role toward improving the safety and wellbeing of emergency services personnel now, and into the future."

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Rosenbauer Australia MD Arthur Wiemer underlies the importance of his firm's link with Volvo.

"This partnership between Volvo Trucks and Rosenbauer Australia brings together two organisations committed to keeping people safe both on and off the road," Arthur Wiemer says.

"And it’s a relationship that I’m exceptionally proud of.

"Drawing on global expertise to provide an optimised local solution for Australian firefighters shows that we have both the agility and ability to target the specific requirements of emergency services personnel.

"We look forward to continuing to work with Volvo Trucks with the aim of building these appliances here in Brisbane."

The Rosenbauer equipped Volvo FM Crew Cab will have its first public showcase at the 2021 AFAC exhibition in Sydney, August 17-20.

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