Isuzu has showcased the conversion kits available for its D-max pick-up.
These include a Brigade Response Vehicle (BRV) fire and rescue model, converted by Pickup Systems and a cherry picker converted by Cumberland Platforms UK.
The BRV is based on the D-max double cab with a four-occupant cabin and high-capacity water tanks holding up to 310 litres that Isuzu claimed makes it capable of dealing with up to 90 per cent of all 999 calls requiring the fire or rescue services. Isuzu described the D-max BRV as a first-response vehicle particularly suited to inaccessible rural environments thanks to its four-wheel drive system and substantial ground clearance. With the Government pressurising the fire service to cut costs, Adrian Poole, director of sales, Pickup Systems, claimed that because 85% of fire service call outs are to small fires, the D-max BRV could save £3000 a year per vehicle compared to using 7.5-tonne trucks.
The single-cab D-Max mobile elevating working platform (MEWP) – or cherry-picker - is a work platform attached to a telescopic boom developed specifically for the utility and forestry industries.
The boom can rotate 360 degrees and has a basket capacity of 225 kilograms – equivalent to approximately two workers and their equipment. The telescopic boom can reach a working height of 13.2 metres, with an outreach of 6.5 metres.
As well as basket-mounted hydraulic controls, the basket can also be controlled at ground level by a telescopic control.
Isuzu UK’s general manager William Brown said the brand is aiming to attract new business from councils, utility and logistics companies to supplement its traditional strength in the agricultural sector.