Unimog in operation for UNIKE, the new Johanniter disaster relief unit.
Floods, heavy rain, black ice, heavy snowfalls: in the state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) too, extreme weather situations are on the increase. In order to ensure public safety in the future, in October 2017 the Johanniter accident rescue service created a mission team for extreme weather conditions, called UNIKE (Universal Emergency Rescue Unit). The name, reminiscent of the English word "unique", says a lot: because the concept of the vehicles used for UNIKE is unique, just like the new unit itself is. Where other vehicles quickly reach their limits off paved roads, the highly agile Unimog is in its element: UNIKE meets Unimog.
For us, the Unimog is an indispensable rescue helper in extreme weather conditions. Because that's when every second counts.
Dr Tobias Eilers, spokesperson for the Johanniter Accident Rescue North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) section
Johanniter choose technical support.
With increasing frequency, people get into difficulties due to natural disasters. In order to cope with these new challenges, rescue and emergency services place great value on having the necessary technical support. For the Johanniter too, investment in training and equipment has top priority. Current result of the increased in resources: the new UNIKE unit, and new vehicles that can cope with all weathers. Because there is an increasing need for vehicles that can navigate badly damaged or flooded terrain. That is why, besides motorbikes and quads, the Johanniter fleet in North Rhine Westphalia now also has four extreme off-road Unimog ambulance vehicles and two Unimog rescue vehicles.