Daimler Receives Major Order for Fire Trucks

  • Leading body manufacturer chooses the Actros
  • Delivery of over 600 vehicles
  • Saudi fire department is the end customer

Mercedes-Benz Fire Trucks

Stuttgart – When firefighters in Saudi Arabia respond to an alarm, they do it in a Mercedes-Benz — the perfect vehicle for rescue, firefighting, and recovery operations. The Rosenbauer company of Leonding, Austria, a major Daimler customer for many years, has ordered 620 chassis from the world’s biggest globally operating truck manufacturer. The chassis will be equipped with fire truck bodies and delivered to Saudi Arabia between 2012 and 2014.

Hubertus Troska, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks commented: “The body manufacturer Rosenbauer and Mercedes-Benz have enjoyed a close partnership for many years. I’m delighted that Rosenbauer chose our truck. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles will demonstrate their high quality and reliability as fire trucks in Saudi Arabia.”

For Mercedes-Benz Trucks it is the biggest single order ever received for chassis to be equipped with fire truck bodies.

Rosenbauer is to equip the trucks with bodies for a range of different fire department requirements. The trucks will be used as aerial ladder vehicles, heavy recovery vehicles, and as tankers. Plans call for the first 180 trucks to be delivered to Rosenbauer this year. The biggest lot, consisting of 370 vehicles, will follow in 2013, and Rosenbauer is to receive the remaining trucks in 2014.

This is the latest of a series of orders from Saudi Arabia for Rosenbauer. In past years the company has delivered over 1,000 such vehicles to the Saudi authorities, who also chose Mercedes-Benz trucks for those orders. Rosenbauer’s latest delivery for public safety in Saudi Arabia comprises a total of 1,125 vehicles. Rosenbauer is the world leader in bodies for firefighting vehicles. The company posted revenues of about €600 million in 2010.