Harare, Zimbabwe, June 28: AFTRADE DMCC has supplied a range of modern firefighting equipment to Zimbabwe. This includes fire engines, rapid response vehicles and cross-country motorcycles – all manufactured in Belarus – that have augmented Zimbabwe’s ability to fight fires.
“Zimbabwe’s capacity to put out forest fires has been bolstered by these modern vehicles. Our state-of-the-art machines are equipped with the very latest in firefighting technology available internationally,” said Aleksander Zingman, head of AFTRADE DMCC.
The fire truck АЦ 11 is designed to fight big fires, particularly in rural areas. Zimbabwe earlier had fire trucks with tanks of 5,000-6,000 litre capacity, while the АЦ 11 has a tank of 11,000 litres, almost twice as large. This larger capacity will allow fire crews to fight fires in hard-to-reach areas at a greater distance from their main base. The fire truck АЦ 11 also has a high cross-country ability chassis, allowing easier and faster access to a fire site.
AFTRADE DMCC has completed delivery of five АЦ 11s in June. Their tanks are made of components that are resistant to corrosion and have a lifetime warranty. This significantly increases the service life of the fire trucks themselves.
Zimbabwe has also received seven Toyota Hilux vehicles for rapid response fire crews. Their high cross-country ability will increase the mobility of fire brigades and allow them to quickly fight fires, particularly in areas where companies are engaged in logging. Each rapid reaction vehicle carries a 500-litre container to quickly extinguish fires.
AFTRADE DMCC has supplied the southern African country with 30 cross-country motorcycles to monitor fire safety, as well as to control felling and logging, and to monitor the growth of trees and development of forests.
“We are working with Zimbabwe to ensure it has the right equipment it needs for the sustainable development of its forests. This will ensure the long-term protection of its tree cover,” pointed out Aleksander Zingman.
Zimbabwe has ordered 10 drop-side trucks with high cross-country ability to deliver personnel and heavy equipment to wood harvesting sites. It has also received six vehicles with a trailer and hydraulic manipulator for transporting logs from harvesting sites to saw mills for processing.