The new TLF 3000 for the Albstadt fire brigade.
„Half a year it‘s cold here and half a year it‘s winter,“ jokes Thomas Daus. Thomas is commanding officer of the Albstadt-Tailfingen volunteer fire brigade. And he is not entirely wrong when it comes to the weather in the Swabian Alps: In March 2005, the Albstadt-Degerfeld airfield recorded a temperature of minus 36.1 degrees – the lowest temperature ever recorded in Baden-Württemberg.
An extreme vehicle for extreme weather.
Albstadt, and its nine municipalities, claims to be the third largest municipal forest owner in the state. At 427 metres above sea level, the European watershed runs through the centre of the municipal area. The Eyach and Schmiecha rivers sometimes break the nerves of Albstadt‘s residents when they flood. The municipality takes this force of nature very seriously, and even has a separate page for it on its website. For the fire brigade, this means getting through it!
The surrounding forest areas, challenging terrain and an increasing number of natural disasters ultimately led to the decision to purchase the new water tender vehicle with cab for the crew and Lentner body, which carries 3,000 litres of water (TLF 3000), based on the extreme off-road performer - the Unimog U 5023.