OGDEN — Thanks to its new commercial jet service, the Ogden-Hinckley Airport has an impressive new piece of safety equipment. Whether that equipment will be able to continue performing the job it was designed for is still up in the air.
Ogden firefighters are currently conducting training on the airport’s new Rosenbauer Panther fire truck. The truck is specially equipped to handle airport emergencies, namely larger commercial plane crashes and fires.
With complete off-road capabilities, the new truck is more than 12 feet tall, 11 feet wide and 33 feet long. Although it resembles a boar on wheels, it’s remarkably fast, traveling from 0 to 55 mph in less than 18 seconds. It’s capable of reaching top speeds of more than 80 mph.
“It’s got to be able to get anywhere on the airport in less than two minutes, so it’s fast for that reason,” said Karlo Groeneweg, an aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist with Rosenbauer. “Then, it can go pretty much anywhere off-road because most plane crashes happen off of the runway.”