Phx International Airport Fire and Rescue — Ride along

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www.Video When you land at PHX here is what is waiting for you if you need help… This is a 1.5 million Fire and Rescue Truck.
Airport crash tenders are extremely powerful machines. They offer relatively good acceleration (for such large, heavy vehicles), are able to negotiate rough terrain outside the airport area, carry large capacities of water and fire fighting foam, are fitted with powerful high-capacity pumps and water/foam cannons, and are capable of delivering firefighting media over long distances. They can be mounted on 4×4, 6×6 or even 8×8 wheeled chassis. In order to decrease their turning radius, the 8×8 wheeled unit may have all 4 wheels at the front of the vehicle involved in turning the truck.
Newer airport crash tenders also incorporate twin agent nozzles/injection systems to inject a stream of Purple-K dry chemical into the AFFF foam stream “knocking-down” the fire faster.[1] Some also have Halotron tanks with handlines for situations that require a clean agent to be utilized. These features give the airport crash tenders a capability to reach an airplane rapidly, and rapidly put out large fires with jet fuel involved.
Some tenders have an elevated extended extinguishing arm, giving a possibility to raise a water/foam cannon into the height of approx. 10 – 20 meters, that can puncture through superficial structures of an aeroplane to fight a fire inside the fuselage.