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BIG BEASTS Firefighters at Southampton Airport with the two new fire engines
BIG BEASTS Firefighters at Southampton Airport with the two new fire engines
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THEY might be like something out of a science fiction film, but these two monsters represent cutting-edge fire technology.

The two Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 vehicles, at Southampton Airport, are specialist fire engines specifically designed for airport use, and were built in Austria.

The vehicles weigh 35 tonnes and each carries a combination of 12,791 litres of water, 1,583 litres of specialist foam and a variety of safety equipment.

They have a lifespan of around 20 years, and they cost one million euros.

Fire service station manager at the airport Jason Sugden said: ‘Safety is a top priority at Southampton Airport.

‘These new vehicles replace our 20-year-old fleet, and enable us to be on hand even quicker with the best equipment available in the industry.’