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Unimog U4000 rescue vehicle, SAR Denmark: The hefty lifesaver

Four Unimog U4000s will in future be serving on rescue missions on Denmark's North Sea coast. They are truly multi-talented vehicles.

The holiday regions on Denmark's North Sea coast, also popular among German tourists, have got kitted out. As of this year, the four SAR stations ("search and rescue") in Agger, Bornholm and Hanstholm and on Rømø, the most southerly Danish Wadden Sea island, are deploying four new Unimog U4000s.

A wading depth of up to 1.2 metres

The SAR Unimogs are equally well-equipped for rescue use and for the provision of first aid. The 215 HP U4000s are well prepared, even in deep fords, with a high intake snorkel and raised exhaust system. The so-called fording system enables the vehicle to pass through waters of up to 1.2 metres in depth.

A tyre pressure control system that can be operated from the cabin, enables the quick and convenient adjustment of the air pressure for operations on sand. Then, rather than the on-road pressure of 4.2 bar, the tyre pressure is reduced to 1.2 bar, which considerably increases the contact area of the all-terrain tyres, and allows the Unimog to safely travel over sand.

The sections of beach that are open to the public to drive on, for example on Rømø, often represent pitfalls to foreign tourists, when they become entrenched in the supposedly firm sand substrate. However, operations like this that are the simplest that the SAR Unimog has to attend to. They are also suitable for transporting injured people to hospital and for recovering people and small ships in distress at sea near the beach.

U4000 used as a rescue vehicle for those in distress at sea

There is a great deal of high-tech equipment on-board the Unimog for use in rescue missions: a radar system and thermal imaging camera enable the vehicle's use in complete darkness and poor weather conditions, while a ship identification system and internet access with integrated, up-to-date satellite maps enable safe navigation. Within the structure of the U 4000 there are numerous special devices for use in rescue operations: these include high-performance search and rescue headlamps and a high-pressure harpoon, with which rescue lines can be fired far out to sea to rescue castaways or swimmers who have got into difficulty at see. For the provision of first aid there are defibrillators on board, alongside stretchers, blankets and a complete range of paramedic equipment

Autorenbild Torsten Seibt





9 May 2015
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