The Red Rhino LF5G has been unveiled at the Home Team Festival in Singapore, and according to the company that built it, it is designed to save lives in hard-to-reach fire and rescue emergencies.
The first Rhino model was released in 2000, and every model launched since then has been built over the frame of an Isuzu D-Max, being developed for the Singapore Civil Defense Force. This fifth-gen unit is their first dual-purpose frontline vehicle for responding to both fire and medical emergencies.
The exterior is made out of lightweight custom fiberglass body panels in order to keep the car’s weight to a minimum. The LF5G has five seats now, with room for a medical technician and four firefighters, and an added compartment for medical equipment such as an automated external defibrillator, oxygen cylinder and blood pressure set. A chromoly steel roll cage was added to protect its occupants, according to Gizmag.
The truck received some improvements for better on-scene response, such as an electric throttle control that replaces the old cable-actuated control. The layout has also been modified for more efficient equipment storage.
It is powered by Isuzu’s 2.5-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, which delivers 163hp through a five-speed automatic gearbox. It includes a driver-selectable 2WD, 4WD and 4WD low, and two rear-view cameras for better visibility in congested traffic.
The previous model, called LF4G, was known as the world’s first compact urban firefighting vehicle, with a completely integrated compressed air foam pump system. By: autoevolution