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Rosenbauer and Volvo Penta Showcase Unconventional Approach to Fire Suppression at Mine Sites During 2021 MINExpo International

Vale will utilize the Rosenbauer PANTHER aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle, equipped with the Volvo Penta D16 700 hp engine, as its front-line fire truck at their Voisey’s Bay Operations in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Las Vegas, Nev. September 10, 2021 – Fire and emergency response vehicle manufacturer, Rosenbauer, and global engine manufacturer, Volvo Penta, are spotlighting the advantages of Rosenbauer PANTHER aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle over traditional structural trucks at this year’s MINExpo International. The Volvo Penta-powered Rosenbauer PANTHER is gaining attention in the mining industry for its speed, agility, acceleration, dependability and overall performance. A case in point is the recent collaboration with Vale’s Base Metals business, the world’s largest producer of iron ore and pellets, on a new PANTHER fire apparatus for Vale’s Voisey’s Bay mining operation. While most mining companies rely on standard structural fire trucks to protect their facilities and equipment, Vale will utilize Rosenbauer’s 6x6 PANTHER to safeguard their mining operations in the remote, northern Canadian location. 

“Our Voisey’s Bay Mine site in Labrador is a remote fly-in/ fly-out mine site. Being a remote site in Northern Labrador, we experience inclement weather, travel on dirt roads, and have limited water supply in certain areas of site, so we need a fire truck that can respond to any emergency in a challenging environment. We believe the new truck can handle anything from an aircraft emergency, to a 777 fire and site accommodations fire safely,” says Patrick Boitumelo, head of mining and milling with Vale’s North Atlantic Operations. “Our everyday routines are centered on our fundamental value that life matters most – and that safety will always be our highest and most important priority. This new addition to our emergency response team will help us if needed to see our employees home safely at the end of their rotation.” 

The PANTHER is built for off-road use, disperses 9,000 liters of water/foam per minute, and has the ability to extinguish a fire considerably faster than standard over the road structural trucks used at most mining operations. The power behind the vehicle is Volvo Penta’s reliable 16-liter 700 horsepower engine that is compliant with the latest Tier 4 Final emission standards. 

The PANTHER is equipped with a Rosenbauer N80 pump that can discharge up to 9,000 liters/minute a distance of over 100 meters (over 320 ft). In addition to the significant increase in discharge capability over structural units, the PANTHER also has 1,500 liters of foam onboard that is specially designed for fighting fuel fires and 225 kilograms of dry chemical agent used for fighting difficult three-dimensional fires expected from the massive mobile equipment used at mines. Each of these agents can be discharged as the PANTHER is arriving at the fire by a single person from inside the cab.

The PANTHER also has the ability to pump while in motion. Its Volvo Penta D16 engine provides enough power to split output between the fire pump and transmission to give these vehicles their unique pump and roll capability – something structural fire trucks don’t offer. 

What makes the PANTHER particularly special is the perfect integration of its chassis, superstructure and extinguishing technology systems, which not only creates maximum driving dynamics, but also safety and reliability. The uncompromising all-wheel-drive system with rigid axles and coil springs designed for off road use gives a smooth ride even over rough ground and accessibility to almost any location on a mine site. 

“While a standard structural truck is made for highway use it’s been utilized within the mining industry as if it’s for off-road use,” said Duane Kann, Rosenbauer ARFF regional sales manager and retired Fire Chief from Orlando International Airport. “This practice can cause a lot of hidden damage to the structural integrity of the truck, as well as other issues that ultimately increase maintenance costs and reduce replacement times. More importantly, structural trucks may not be able to directly access many locations within the mine site when needed.”

To ensure the truck can perform in emergency situations, it is fortified with the Volvo Penta D16 700 hp engine. The reliable, high-performance engine makes the truck capable of quick acceleration and high speed, which is essential in this critical environment. 

“When it comes to fire suppression or hazard mitigation at a mine site, every second counts. Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer deliver a solution that is instantly ready to deploy and can reach the scene quickly to reduce the risk of operational losses and potentially save lives,” said Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “With proven Tier 4 Final off-road engine technology, service intervals of up to 1000 hours, and a dedicated global service network, our entire offer centers around ensuring maximized uptime for mining operators.”

To learn more about the PANTHER, visit Rosenbauer (booth #8203) and Volvo Penta (booth #8127) at MINExpo from September 13-15. 

About Rosenbauer America
Rosenbauer is the world's leading manufacturer of firefighting vehicles and equipment. Rosenbauer America incorporates global strengths and innovation to provide the largest and most technologically advanced line of custom and commercial pumpers, rescues, tankers, aerials, and the all-new Revolutionary Technology (RT) electric fire truck. Visit the company's website for more information at 

About Vale
Vale is a global mining company that explores for and processes mining resources. It is active around the world, operating on five continents and in over 38 countries. Vale’s operations in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, are made up of a high-grade open pit mine and concentrator, with a project to move underground at Voisey’s Bay along with a hydrometallurgical processing plant in Long Harbour. Voisey’s Bay is a fly-in/fly-out operation with significant infrastructure to support the mine and concentrator and to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for the people that work on site. Voisey’s Bay is a 6,000 tonnes-per-day facility producing two types of concentrate: nickel-cobalt-copper concentrate and copper concentrate. Its future is mining from two separate underground deposits, Reid Brook & Eastern Deeps, this will extend the life of the operation for many years to come. The current Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion project is on track for completion in 2022.

About Volvo Penta
Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for industrial applications, boats and vessels. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

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Laudan Fenster
Rosenbauer America
Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
757-382 4084
 Kristie Cochrane
Vale Base Metals