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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 01:34 PM UTC
A different version of the T-62 based 'MLRS' firefighter

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 01:56 PM UTC

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I'll say one thing for the Russians. They sure know how how to do massive fire appliances.



Oh, yeah, they do...refuelers too...

The MAZ 537 based airport refueler...

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...and the even meaner, 543 based variant

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 02:39 PM UTC

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Seems to be quite a complex towing arrangement on some of the FT17s. Looks like a sprung device attached to the track frames leading to a tow bar at the back.



It's a damping device to prevent jerking. The trial (in late 1918) wasn't a success...One of the problems, like you say, was that the FT could not move slowly enough to prevent ship generated waves that damage banks (suction scour) .

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 03:16 PM UTC

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Looks like military vehicles other than tanks are allowed in this thread



Yeah, I got carried away a little bit. The thread title should be changed somehow...

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 03:54 PM UTC
Soviet vehicle (gene)engineering at its best: you mate between a MAZ 7919...

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and an M62 locomotive...

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...and you get the meanest post-apocalyptic vehicle.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 04:13 PM UTC
Apparently the budget cuts following the collapse of the Soviet Union forced the company to roll out a low-cost towed variant as well...

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 05:39 PM UTC
Firefighting M113's used in France (Corsica island), 2016-2017 :

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 05:44 PM UTC

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Firefighting M113's used in France (Corsica island), summer 2017



Are these deployed during wildfires?

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 05:50 PM UTC
Exactly (wildfires are frequent in Corsica...)

These vehicles are called M113 MICNA (Module d’Intervention face aux risques Climatiques, Naturels et Anthropiques)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNBT2CO3dso

In-action videos :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7P5uDGY8Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvwR9n_HxhE

They're also used on snowy grounds :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zZsZkPidiM

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 07:58 PM UTC
Just to go slightly

Regarding the M113s in Corsica, no doubt these are used due to their off-road ability to fight forest fires, but it reminds me of a story I heard on the radio only last night reporting that there is something of an epidemic of fire fighters in France coming under increasingly regular attack, including from youths who deliberately set cars on fire and then wait for les pompiers to arrive. I guess it's possible that one of these M113s could reasonably be deployed in such a situation.

In terms of this question:
The FT17 could only go at a fast walk. I wonder which was more trouble overall? Tank or horses.
there was also this method a few years earlier in Russia:
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 09:03 PM UTC

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I guess it's possible that one of these M113s could reasonably be deployed in such a situation.



I guess so as well. What you've heard is true. But it would quite sad to be driven to such extremes...

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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 01:28 AM UTC
Those Corsican M113 Firefighters look really cool. Nice find Frenchy!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 02:20 AM UTC
how bout a camper?

http://www.articlesweb.org/blog/wp-content/gallery/military-vehicles-for-sale-3/Military-Vehicles-for-Sale-8.jpg
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 02:20 AM UTC
You're welcome Julian

Here's another (older) firefighting vehicle. A converted Komsomolets T-20 artillery tractor :

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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 02:29 AM UTC
pumpkin patch truck!

http://www.truckinginfo.com/article/photos/253395/ex-military-trucks-find-duties-with-civilian-operators/11918.aspx
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 06:33 AM UTC
This thread is my new favorite.







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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 02:42 PM UTC
MAZ 543 based logging-truck

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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 03:08 PM UTC
Speaking of MAZ logging trucks:
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 07:57 PM UTC
The MAZ 537 based AIST-10 was used for clearing ice/snow from tarmac surfaces

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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:28 AM UTC
Half-track + crane :

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These two FAMO's were owned by the German hauling company Blitz in Duisburg :

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This Sd.Kfz 251 fitted with a girder hoist was used by the Göttingen Fire Brigade :

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NASA Emergency Hazardous Materials Response Vehicle :

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M706-based firefighting vehicle :

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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM UTC
Speaking of halftracks...

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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:54 PM UTC
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 07:57 PM UTC
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 08:24 PM UTC
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More pics of this one here

I guess there should be enough converted half-tracks pics for a dedicated thread...

I'm not sure about the use for this one, but I believe it may be used for power line construction. Looks like it's fitted with a heavy-duty winch :

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Dual winch variant :

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/skitmeister/tags/halftrack/

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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 08:50 PM UTC
Wow! That is so cool.