Liverpool John Lennon Airport has unveiled its latest arrival a nearly 1 million dollar state-of-the-art fire-fighting and rescue vehicle which would be called into action in the event of aircraft fires.
The Oshkosh Striker weighs over 41 tons and is capable of going from 0 to 50 mph in just 25 seconds.
The vehicle has been specially designed to meet the needs of firefighters at the airport.
But despite the huge investment airport bosses hope it will never be needed.
Neil Gyllenship, fire service manager at LJLA, said “This was 18 months in the planning. We were looking for the latest technology and looking at things like safety and the environmental impact. We bought the best product that is on the market. It is a significant investment but we hope we will never have to use it.”
The Striker carries 12,000 liters of water and can disperse this a distance of over 90 meters, emptying its tank in under two minutes.
Airport firefighters have been training on it using a special airplane training rig situated well away from the terminal building.
It can be set on fire, replicating the conditions crews would face in a real-life emergency.