The Hino 500 Series water tankers are equipped with a number of features to help support the specific demands on the Clare County fire brigade. For example, a water monitor on the roof can be directed remotely from inside the truck’s cab to spray forest fires as the truck drives along the adjacent road.
This fleet has five Allison-equipped water tankers – four Hino 500 Series trucks acquired in 2009 and 2010 and a Hino FS 6x4 purchased in 1992 – out of a total fleet of 24 vehicles of which 14 have Allison transmissions. This high proportion of water tankers among the fleet reflects the remote locations served by the brigade.
Allison transmissions have been specified on Clare County Fire & Rescue Service's vehicles since the early 1990s. Now most new vehicles, ordered through bodybuilders, come with an Allison, and they have made then mark for their reliability and durability.
"The transmission is crucial in ensuring that the 18 tonne (gross vehicle weight) tanker arrives to the incident immediately behind its 11 tonne fire-fighting counterpart," explains Al Meaney, Clare County’s maintenance supervisor.
Allison Transmission, Inc. (Allison) is the premier global provider of commercial duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems. Allison products are specified by over 250 of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers and are used in many market sectors including bus, refuse, fire, construction, distribution, military and specialty applications.