Even for experienced firefighters, the Unimog is still good for a surprise: with the new TLF 2000 water tender based on a Unimog U 430, the Steinhagen fire brigade is equipping itself against increasing threats in the forest and on the ground. Even the head of the fire brigade is impressed by what the new TLF can do – after 42 years in the job.
Increasing risk of forest fires and wildfires.
The municipality of Steinhagen lies on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest, right by the A33 and just a stone’s throw from Bielefeld, in the Gütersloh district. The older generation still like to remember a celebrity who once lived here: David Odonkor, former national football player and 2006 World Cup participant. Not much actually happens here and in the two districts, Amshausen and Brockhagen. Unless the voluntary fire service is alerted.
Each district has a fire engine. The fire service has 120 active members, with young talent secured thanks to the children’s and youth fire brigade. In Amshausen, the colleagues are particularly proud, as they recently celebrated the commissioning of their latest vehicle, a Unimog U 323 as a TLF 2000.
“The risk of forest and wildfires is increasing,” says the head of the fire brigade, Lutz Mescher. He has 42 years of service. He knows the dangers lurking around Steinhagen. That's why he is so content with the new Unimog.