New Rosenbauer Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle Powered by Volvo Penta

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – April 25, 2017 – When Rosenbauer displays its new PANTHER aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis this month, it will be the first such truck in North America to be powered by a Volvo Penta EPA Tier 4 Final engine.
New Rosenbauer Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle Powered by Volvo Penta
PANTHER is among first ARFF trucks in North America to meet EPA Tier 4 Final emissions specifications

The Volvo Penta TAD1672VE engine is used for propulsion when the truck is moving and to power the fire pump when the truck is parked. It can also be used in a “pump-and-roll” mode that drives and pumps at the same time.

Rosenbauer, a leading international manufacturer of firefighting equipment, and Volvo Penta have a history of collaboration. In 2015, Rosenbauer first introduced a European ARFF vehicle prototype with Volvo Penta power. That same model made its North America debut in the fall of 2016 at the 27th annual ARFF Working Group Conference powered by a Volvo D16 700 hp U.S. Tier 4 Final compliant engine.

“We chose Volvo Penta for this new, North American prototype because it was the best platform for us globally,” said Steve Reedy, vice president and general manager of Rosenbauer America. “While we look at Tier 4 Final in the U.S., our colleagues in Europe are looking at their own applicable standards, and Volvo Penta offers the best platform to fit all of our markets.”

A reliable high-performance engine is a critical requirement for ARFF vehicles, which have approximately three minutes to get to the scene of an emergency. These emergencies could include fire suppression, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of aircraft passengers and crew. Volvo Penta recognizes the importance of minimizing downtime for mission critical applications such as Rosenbauer’s PANTHER. The manufacturer’s proven SCR after-treatment technology meets Tier 4 Final emission standards while eliminating the downtime for periodic regeneration required by other emission reduction technologies.

“Developing new, pioneering products and improving existing products is a source of pride for Volvo Penta, and the sparks that ignite new ideas are frequently customer-driven,” said Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “When it comes to emissions compliance, our strategy is to stay well ahead of the curve in order to give our customers the time they need to plan and perfect their products.”

Designed to offer emergency airport crews safety, extinguishing capacity and maximum power, the PANTHER’s design and performance make it one of the most modern and versatile ARFF vehicles today. Rosenbauer will display the new truck at FDIC in Booth 5201. Following the conference, the company will take the PANTHER on the road, performing live demos at airports from Missouri to Texas and at locations along both coasts.

About Volvo Penta
Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels, as well as industrial applications. The propulsion program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 horsepower. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

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For further information, please contact:
Christine Carlson 
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084