Body Building A Better Fire Engine

Challenge
Flexibility, innovation and quality at the best possible price are challenges for manufacturers of fire, rescue and emergency vehicles. Manufacturers for industrial, airport and rescue vehicles have, in turn, challenged us to manufacture vehicle bodies which support them in their strategies to improve payload, fuel economy and longevity.  Access to, and use of, the latest available materials to ultimately gain more from resources and achieve better outcomes have been key.

Approach
The Plastic People turned to developments in co-polymers to pioneer improvements resulting in the manufacture of more durable vehicle bodies which at the same time boasted reduced weight, less downtime and ia longer life span.

The Plastic People team identified, and subsequently manufactured with, a suitable plastic that offered a unique combination of compressive strength and flexibility, was lighter in weight and more impact resistant than aluminium and GRP composites.  This enabled the delivery of competitive advantages such as greater payload efficiency, fuel economy and reduced downtime which were points of differentiation for our vehicle body manufacturers.

Results
The manufactured plastic vehicle bodies from The Plastic People have provided a more durable, economic solution enabling vehicle body manufacturers to offer a lighter, more durable, lower maintenance and economic  fire engine. The plastic body part enabled more operational up-time and a greater economic return than the traditional aluminium and GRP solutions.  Additional advantages include improved impact resistance and ease of repair.

The co-polymer used gave the vehicle body superb impact resistance. This translates in the field to little or no damage when impacting street furniture and walls. Even in a high speed collision, there is no shock transfer through the body, keeping damage to a minimum.  It is also highly heat resistant meaning that vehicle paint will ignite and tyres melt before it is even affected. the design incorporates an integral water tank which delivers a host of operational and safety advantages for fire and rescue crews.

The financial advantages of the new body include lower running costs and a remarkably long operational life of up to 40 years, plus a re-mountable option for a “second life” and totally recyclable raw materials.
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Body Building A Better Fire Engine
Body Building A Better Fire Engine
Body Building A Better Fire Engine