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Quality Rescue
March 5, 2008 By El¿bieta Wrzecionkowska   
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Here they come-red, chrome-plated, and fast. They look a little menacing too. Our heartbeats quicken whenever we hear those distinctive sirens. But few of us give much thought to where fire engines come from or even what they really are.

The fire engine market has to cater for a wide array of vehicle classes and applications. The first and most important segment comprises light, medium and heavy fire-fighting vehicles. There are a lot of manufacturers competing in this market. The vehicles are built on truck chassis from other manufacturers chosen by the client, IVECO, MAN, Mercedes and Scania being the most popular. The producer mounts fire-fighting equipment and a fire pump onto the chassis to create rescue vehicles, fire pump vehicles and rescue pump vehicles.

Demand for specialist vehicles like fire ladder trucks is only 160-180 per year. Ladder trucks last 20-25 years on average and Iveco Magirus is the unchallenged manufacturing leader. A ladder truck costs around zl.2.5 million and the Polish market can absorb half a dozen or so every year. These vehicles are purchased through public tender and are paid for out of the Interior Ministry and local government budgets.

Warsaw-based Fire-Max has always been Iveco Magirus's authorized representative in Poland. Fire-Max is the leading supplier of specialist fire-fighting equipment. It supplies a wide range of life-saving equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic rescue equipment, modern extinguishing systems using the latest foam-based fire extinguishing techniques, and powerful pumps to combat floods. Every product sold by Fire-Max has been produced by a leading international fire-fighting equipment manufacturer such as Lukas, Vetter and Hale, and is of the highest quality. Fire-Max has implemented a quality management system this year that complies with ISO 9001 and AQUAP-2110 for military clients.

Fire-fighting is a niche market that nevertheless offers huge growth potential. What matters most here is experience, innovation, responsibility and priorities, the most important of which is saving lives. Fire-Max has been meeting these requirements for over 17 years now.
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