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Brandweer Dordrecht Iveco BX-ZJ-51
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No: 31942   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: Iveco   Country: The Netherlands
Brandweer Dordrecht Iveco BX-ZJ-51

Fire brigade: Dordrecht
Call sign : 18-205
Chassis: Iveco EuroCargo ML180E30
Bodywork: Magirus
Pump capacity: 2000 l/m low pressure, 250 l/m high pressure.
Tank: 1500 litres water
30 metre boom.
Building year: 2010
License plate: BX-ZJ-51

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Brandweer Dordrecht, Netherlands
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30 meters, about 97', with a platform. Seems a bit high. I don't know of a hydraulic platform in the US combining that with a pump, hose, and tank, on a single rear axle. 77' is the highest I've seen here.

Higher than 80' is mounted on a tandem axle chassis, or is not equipped with a pump and tank to keep the weight down. How stable is that truck when driving?

Added by David L on 01 May 2012.
David:

By all accounts, it is indeed quite unsurprisingly top heavy, and more than a little tricky to drive on an emergency run.

This concept, the Multistar, was invented to provide those German volunteer fire companies - which could not justify the cost of an aerial - with an added aerial capability, on an otherwise quite ordinary 18tonne (40, 000 pound) two axle pumper with a standard pump, crew cab, slightly smaller water tank and a normal equipment load.

As most of Germany's 23, 000 volunteer fire companies do not already operate their own aerial, this looked like a huge business opportunity!

But of the 150 or so which have been built only a few were actually supplied to the German market. What Magirus seem to have missed is that this is still a costly and complicated unit, and for German volunteers who really want an aerial for the few occasions they will need it, there are always much less expensive and simpler older ladders being sold off (and even gifted) by the professional fire departments.

I personally think their export success is driven sometimes by fire chiefs who want to have "the newest thing", rather than sticking to what is proven to work well...

Added by Rob Johnson on 31 July 2017.
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