Unimog ensures the fire service in Dresden is operational – even in extremes.
What started with a little bit of white quickly became a real snow marathon in winter 2018/2019. In Dresden, the roads and paths frequently disappear under the white masses. For the fire service this means they must make sure that they are always operational! Because in an emergency the rescue services cannot afford to wait until the municipal winter service has cleared the roads for them.
The fire station at Albertstadt can confront heavy snowfall with confidence thanks to its highly off-road capable Unimog U 5023. Because when it comes to the crunch, the red all-rounder doesn't just prove itself in the job it was bought for – saving people's lives and heavy-duty technical assistance in accidents involving trams – but also in winter service work. Thanks to its front mounting plate, the vehicle can be quickly fitted with a wedged snowplough from Aebi Schmidt, reliably clears paths and large areas, and with a small turning circle of only 17 m can reach the scene of almost any operation.
Interview with Michael Strauß.
As a station manager at the fire station in Dresden-Albertstadt, Michael Strauß thinks very highly of the Unimog that assists in operations. We interviewed him about why the highly off-road capable special truck really deserves the title of all-rounder.
In Dresden and many other places, man and machine are battling the snow masses this winter. To what extent is your Unimog U 5023 a help in such extreme weather conditions?
Usually the snow gods are quite merciful to the state capital of Dresden. The average snow depth is quite manageable. Also the winter service is well-equipped and in normal situations reacts to the onset of winter very quickly. Therefore, as a rule, the Unimog stands in the garage without a snowplough.
Due to possible extreme weather conditions which are becoming more frequent now, the vehicle is however intended for winter service work too. The focus is on ensuring the functionality of the fire and rescue station crews. The snowplough and if necessary the snow chains can be mounted very quickly. Thus we are in a position to help ourselves whenever the whole city is busy with the weather conditions. Because whenever you buy a Unimog you should keep all your options open, in order to be able to employ its great potential effectively and as needed.