Astana Receives New Technologically Advanced Firefighting Vehicles

ASTANA – The Astana Emergency Situation Department received new fire fighting vehicles on March 20. The vehicles will help Astana emergency personnel improve their effectiveness and increase the speed of fire-fighting operations in emergency situations.

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Fire fighting vehicle, Astana. Photograph: astana.gov.kz

The AC-3-40 firefighting vehicle is equipped with a Hiromax system and is designed for fire protection of cities, rural settlements and industrial projects. High fire extinguishing efficiency is ensured by the fact that the aqueous mist is a mixture of air and water microdroplets that is supplied into the fire using air or another gas. The CAFS ACL-32 fire truck delivers a foam-air mixture to a height of 400 metres above the ground under high pressure.

The Hiromax system is produced in Switzerland. The NEFAZ company, a subsidiary of the KAMAZ group of companies, produces special-purpose machines in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, and the KAMAZ Engineering automobile assembly plant in Kokshetau installed this system on the KAMAZ-43502 truck with four-wheel drive and a Euro-4 engine.

The Hiromax system provides water mist with standard water, which is five times more effective than firefighting using standard pressure water and 2.5 times more effective than firefighting using high pressure water. The system significantly decreases the consumption of water. The water microdroplets create a surface that provides for the evaporation of water with prompt abstraction of a large quantity of heat. The low water consumption requirement allows firefighters to use fire fighting vehicles with Hiromax systems in districts that lack significant water supply.

The firefighting vehicles were purchased centrally and distributed by the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2014.

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