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High-tech vehicle design boosts emergency rescue capacity
Date:7/24/2009

d production of cost-effective customised products to DIN and other widely recognised standards. These vehicles are widely used by the emergency response organisations ambulance services, fire brigades and NATO forces in Germany, around Europe and as far afield as India, Thailand, Kazakstan and Egypt. System Strobel now markets a range of aluminium-sandwich box-body adaptations based on standard on- and off-road vehicles such as Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Fiat vans and Unimog multi-purpose four-wheel-drive lorries.

Austrian partner EMPL is a leading European manufacturer of customised heavy goods vehicle (HGV) bodies, tailored to the specific requirements of clients and market trends. Its products include computer numerical control (CNC) manufactured superstructures for fire engines, mobile workshops, food delivery vehicles and military transport. It has a particular expertise in the adaptation of box bodies to Unimog off-road vehicle subframes.

Different approach

The high capacity model developed in the EUREKA project demanded a different approach from existing equipment. "Our design required totally new ideas and construction, including use of high performance aeronautics and aerospace materials, such as titanium and carbon fibre," explains Thomas Strobel of System Strobel. The project involved the development of aluminium extruded sections as guidance rails for the stretchers, specially protected links and pivots from high-grade steel with clamping guards, new fittings for different DIN and NATO stretcher standards and space-saving collapsible seats with retractor belts for the paramedics.

The design provides a comfortable self-contained loading and unloading system for a high charging level, particularly suitable for the type of off-road vehicle needed for rapid access to disaster zones. "Our four-stretcher carrier is adjustable at the front and rear end to cope with the state of shock of the patient," adds Strobel.
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Contact: Thomas Strobel
info@system.strobel.de
49-736-197-870
EUREKA
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