Econic water tender reinforces the fleet of the Tokyo Fire Department.
This year an Econic 2635 L with a 10,000-l water tank can be seen driving through Tokyo's streets – it is painted cinnabar red to match the colours of the Japanese national flag with the sun symbol on the front. Its mission is to reach fires faster and more flexibly, wherever they may be.
Perfect for difficult conditions.
Japan’s capital is a vibrant mega-city with almost 10 million inhabitants in the core area of the city alone. Traffic jams on the typically narrow roads are the rule and not the exception. If, in an emergency, things need to happen fast, the Econic with its 10,000-l water tank springs into action.
The hydrants for the local water supply system are often difficult to access, which hinders fire-fighting operations. However, in an emergency every second counts and it is then in particular that a water tender vehicle has a clear advantage: "It’s quite simple – the fire service can perform much better with the Econic," explains Masanori Sato from Y-Engineering Company Ltd. which sells the Mercedes-Benz special trucks on the Japanese market. "The firefighters arrive at the scene of the fire and can begin extinguishing it immediately without having to couple their equipment to the water network connection, which is often blocked by traffic." This bridges the time until other fire engines can be connected to the water lines at the scene.