Multipurpose vehicles

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Multipurpose vehicles
Multipurpose vehicle with an open tail lift

The multi-purpose vehicle ( MzKW ) is an emergency vehicle of the Technische Hilfswerk ( THW ), which is used as the vehicle of the 2nd  rescue group of the technical train .

Vehicle and equipment

There is off-road trucks with double cabin and tail-lift , in the current production vehicles of the type MAN TGM 18.290 (previously TGM 18.280 and 18.280 LE). Loading takes place in trolleys. The number of trolleys is 6 for a normal 2nd rescue group (B2A) and 8 for a heavy 2nd rescue group (B2B). This type of construction was chosen because it is more cost-effective and more flexible than a fixed structure as in the equipment vehicles previously used for this purpose . The load can be set down very quickly with the tail lift, which means that an extremely spacious and off-road transport vehicle is also available for bulky goods. The permissible total weight of the MzKW is 16 tons.

The contents of the trolleys are easily accessible even when they are clamped on the loading area. The individual cars are sorted by topic:

  • pump
  • Respiratory protection and fall protection
  • Chainsaws and electrical distribution
  • Power generation and lighting
  • moving loads
  • as well as a workshop trolley with welding machine

If only six roll cages are loaded, each individual roll cage can be unloaded without having to move other roll cages. The vehicle should be on firm, level ground for loading and unloading individual trolleys. This is the case in the majority of missions (road).

The vehicles were tested in two local associations. A MAN LE 10.220 was tested in OV Sinzig, and an IVECO Tector 100E21 in OV Siegen. The IVECO could not prevail due to its lower payload and smaller loading area. The vehicles have been procured for the THW since 2006.

The equipment includes:

Procurement costs

The procurement costs of a MzKW with the equipment and generation mentioned are each 105,000 euros. In addition, there are additional costs for the procurement of the operational equipment to be relocated. Because the MzKW usually replaces an older vehicle (GKW 2) in the respective local association, the operational devices can be exchanged directly in order to minimize further costs for the Federal Agency.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. MzKW at the THW OV Viersen ( Memento of the original from June 20, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. 63 new vehicles for THW local associations

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