But coming back to our star – the Turbo-Loscher II – we need to understand why vehicles such as this huge fire engine are so common in Europe. Big Wind was developed in Hungary after international cooperation was made possible and because politicians listened to experts when the topic of properly suppressing fires became a huge worry. Europe dealt with major disasters at home and abroad. Those lessons were eventually transformed into public policy.
Germany, being an industrialized country, took the matter way more seriously. That’s why we can find some of the world’s leading companies in the European nation. They don’t joke around when safety is involved. The Germans have strict rules when fire hazard is involved. This is why BASF, a company that currently has over 16,500 employees in North America, was forced to make investments to prevent a disastrous event from happening.
It can get mistyThe entity has multiple plants globally that deal with various materials, but a particular one in Ludwigshafen, Germany, is making sure important chemicals are produced safely. There are over 41,000 employees and trainees on site on every single working day that work in 2,000 buildings spread across an area of 3.8 square miles (10 square kilometers). This amazing factory also serves as headquarters for BASF.
It weighs 30 tons, has a length of over 32.8 feet (10 meters), and it has an engine that puts out 492 HP (500 PS). The amazing factor is that it has two jet engines installed on its backside. These dissipate water so efficiently and so fast that it effectively gets turned into mist. Considering chemical fires are extremely dangerous and can spread rapidly, this massive fire engine can keep them under control while other ground units find the best solutions to implement.
It gets the job doneThe Turbo-Loscher II isn’t a fire truck because it doesn’t come with an aerial or ground ladder, and it doesn’t have specialized equipment for ventilation, entry, and rescue operations. Its main role is to serve as the first responder on a scene that’s most likely to devolve into a tragedy.
Thanks to its two powerful jet engines, the vehicle is capable of covering an area of about 3,760 square feet (350 square meters) while the spray distance can go beyond the 328 feet mark (100 meters).
Finally, the original Turbo-Loscher also used two jet engines to fight fires, but it only had a capacity of 1,585 gallons (6,000 liters) per minute. Even if it’s gotten old, it’s still serviced and remains a backup option in the BASF fleet of fire engines, fire trucks, and other vehicles.