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The Amatoya: Meet the next generation of fire fighting vehicles

December 1, 2009

via Autoblog by Jonathon Ramsey on 12/1/09

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Amatoya Reconnaissance and Suppression Vehicle – Click above for image gallery

Designer Liam Ferguson’s vision of how to fight fires almost makes us wish we were firemen – as long as we could have the keys to one of these. The Amatoya is a site recon and light tanker vehicle designed with a philosophy much more military than civilian. The seating position is like that of a AH-1 Cobra gunship, with the co-pilot up and behind the driver. The Amatoya is built on a monococque steel body, like armed forces MRAPs, insulated with NASA’s aerogel, and painted with “military grade sacrificial thermo ceramic intumescent paints.”

The Remotely Operated Suppression Cannon Outfit (ROSCO) can has a 2,200-liter (581 gallons) total water capacity, all the better for the fact that the crew members don’t need to leave the vehicle to employ it. Nor should they have much problem getting to the fire, with absurd clearances all around, directional spotlights, and a thermal imaging camera. The only weak point would appear to be the rubber tires, which would melt long before the Space-Shuttle-worthy body would.

Still, we’d take one in a second. Take a peek at it yourself in the gallery of photos below.

[Source: Yanko Design]

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