15/03/2016

EuroAirport donates an old airport vehicle to the Firefighters Museum of Alsace in Vieux-Ferrette

On Tuesday 15 March 2016, at an official ceremony EuroAirport attended by Alphonse Hartmann, President and René Geyller, Director of the museum collection, EuroAirport donated an old airport fire-fighting vehicle to the Firefighters Museum of Alsace at Vieux-Ferrette.

The vehicle, a SIDES 2000 VIM 90, is specially designed for aircraft deployment. Equipped with a 9,000 litre water tank, a 110 litre foam tank and storage capacity for 250 kilos of powder, this foam fire- fighting truck has a 540 horse-power engine. Between 1994 and 2015, it perfectly satisfied rapid deployment demands at EuroAirport and completed various safety missions at the airport and on buildings.

At the end of 2015, EuroAirport modernised its airport fire-fighting vehicle fleet by introducing new 'Panther' vehicles, the most modern on the market. In this context, EuroAirport management decided to donate one of its old SIDES 2000 vehicles to the museum.

The vehicle donation by EuroAirport management allows the museum to diversify its collections by opening a new airport fire-fighting section. As foam fire-fighting trucks rarely leave their place of deployment, this EuroAirport model will certainly be an added attraction for museum visitors, who will be able to inspect this type of fire truck at close quarters. In addition, the Firefighters Museum of Alsace in Vieux-Ferrette will be currently the only fire museum in France to be able to present a SIDES 2000 model to its public.

The Museum houses one of France's richest collections of fire-fighting equipment. In 2015 it welcomed 7,000 visitors from all over France and abroad. The foam fire-fighting truck from EuroAirport joins the collection just in time for the opening of the new 2016 season from 25 March to 31 October. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays except for bank holidays.