Moffett to the Rescue
Moffett truck-mounted forklifts have proven indispensible to fire and rescue services in the UK, where they have been used in accident clean-up and animal rescue. They were even specified as standard equipment for the decontamination units used for chemical incidents in Britain. The attached video shows how Moffett truck-mounted forklifts are deployed at accident sites.
More specifically, the Moffett M8 truck-mounted forklift has completed successful trials with the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service in Scotland, and is now ready to be rolled out to fire departments across Europe.
The Moffett M8 has been customized for use with fire services. Older models of Moffett forklifts have been used for years by fire departments, mainly to transport foam and breathing apparatus. The new M8 model has many modifications that make it ideal for other tasks as well, as noted in the attached PDF.
“The new M8 offers a number of enhancements over the M7 model, which it replaces, one being increased operator space with easy reach controls – creating better access for firefighters carrying breathing apparatus. The prototype model being tested in Strathclyde is also fitted with extra hydraulics capable of powering concrete breakers. These are invaluable for dealing with major emergencies, such as when a structure collapses and people are trapped inside…The hydraulics can also power the concrete disc cutters used when the fire and rescue service is called out to assist with road traffic accidents.”