Liebherr has launched a fire brigade version of its new three-axle 45t all-terrain crane. First customers are the fire brigades of Münster, Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach in Germany.

The standard LTM 1045/1, launched in May 2002, has a 34m four-section main boom which telescopes with hydraulic ram and double pulley block. It can telescope with up to 3.1t loads up to a hook height of 32m and Liebherr claims it has the highest telescopable load capacities of any three-axle crane. The crane is road legal at 12t per axle with 6.1t of counterweight.

The fire brigade specification helps with emergency clearance after storms, fires and traffic accidents. Customers can specify winches with pulls of 80kN or 200kN and rope lengths up to 45m. A tow frame bolted to the rear end of the crane supports up to 8t. The fire brigade version also comes with an auxiliary engine to power the crane’s outriggers, boom and winch, should the main diesel engine or hydraulic pumps fail. Sirens, warning lights and floodlights are all included. Optional extras include accident recorder, global positioning system, reversing camera and load cross-beam.

Liebherr says that over the years it has produced more than 80 cranes for fire brigades around Europe, all of which are still in operation.