The AMATOYA concept introduces a new class of vehicle to the field of fire appliance design; capable of reconnaissance and suppression, the proposal may gradually shift the way authorities approach modern fire fighting. Research indicates a need to develop an advanced and highly specialised light tanker. The concept will function primarily as a reconnaissance vehicle while providing unparalleled vehicle and crew safety/survivability, maintain superior off road capabilities and possess appropriate fire suppression technology for the purpose of initial response and front line defence.
The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires decimated the state of Victoria. The extreme and unique weather conditions experienced during the crisis saw authorities overwhelmed and incapacitated by the sheer scale of the event. The unprecedented level of social and political attention following the 2009 Victorian bushfire season has provided an exceptional opportunity for growth of understanding what measures can be taken to more efficiently respond to such catastrophic events. In depth and ongoing site reconnaissance is employed upon arriving at any fire event in order to establish the most effective means of suppression and organise appliance deployment. Currently this role is carried out by light tankers or Quick Attack Vehicles. While their off road performance and manoeuvrability is sufficient, the ability to actively suppress a fire threat is severely limited by considerably small water supplies and distinct lack of burn protection. AMATOYA aims to address these issues.
Existing approaches towards designing fire tankers and QAVs are mostly passive, reactive and often debilitate the appliance when in use. AMATOYA will incorporate vital features to overcome these issues. Innovative clear aerogel laminated insulation in the windows and bodywork, a dedicated auxiliary water supply to operate a temperature controlled spray down system and military grade sacrificial thermo ceramic intumescent paints emphasise the AMATOYA’s focus on crew and vehicle survivability. A Remotely Operated Suppression Cannon Outfit coupled with a generous 1800lt + 400lt auxiliary water supply is also offered. This system uses highly efficient IFEX3000 impulse technology which conserves water usage and prevents crew members from being subjected to the dangers of high intensity work on fire ground. These measures will assure that even in the case of an extremely prolonged burnover the vehicle will not only maintain cabin integrity, but also remain fully operational and mobile.