When Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality needed to upgrade its existing fire-fighting fleet, it procured these tough fire-fighting machines right on its door step.

Locally built at Isuzu Motors South Africa’s Port Elizabeth truck plant, the Isuzu FXZ 26-360 6×4 fitted with an Allison 4430PR automatic transmission, was modified for its purpose a few kilometres away at Isuzu’s subsidiary, Kanu Commercial Body Builders in Marksman Township.

“The conversion included the truck being fitted with a 13,500-litre water tank, high pressure pump equipment, two hose reels, fire-fighting equipment and a host of other items,” said Michael Corney, Kanu General Sales Manager.

He said these trucks are able to extinguish fires in rough terrain and will help fire fighters access challenging areas.

Corney said while it was the first fire-fighting water truck of its kind supplied to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Isuzu and Kanu Commercial Body Builders, it formed part of an ongoing supplier partnership with the local government of the city where Isuzu Motors South Africa’s bakkie and truck production plant is situated.

“We will continue to work with various departments within the Municipality to advise on product solutions that are best suited for their needs,” Corney said.