Passion and precision, high-tech and craftsmanship. Since 1864, Magirus has combined innovation and tradition to assist firefighters throughout the world.
With a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art, reliable fire engines, turntable ladders, rescue and equipment vehicles, special solutions, pumps and portable pumps, Magirus is known globally as one of the largest and technologically leading providers of firefighting and disaster control technology.
Magirus is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI), a worldwide leading company in the capital goods sector with a broad spectrum of products and a global presence.
Magirus is exhibiting the M42L-AS articulated turntable ladder, the highest articulated ladder in the world.
The Magirus turntable ladder M42L-AS with its new, patent pending Magirus single extension system enables to first extend only the top section of the ladder – only then all the other ladder sections. The improvement of weight distribution over the axles, the relief of rear axle and a basic reduction of the total weight of the vehicle ensure more payload for more technical fire-fighting equipment.
The Magirus M42L-AS impresses with more outreach thanks to reduction of weight on ladder top. The operating height is 42 m as well as 4.7 m articulated arm without telescop. Some of the assets of this turntable ladder are the increased water output of up to 2,500 l thanks to new water piping as well as shorter set-up times.
All benefits of the Magirus turntable ladder technology are also valid for this innovative ladder.
The Magirus M42L-AS articulated turntable ladder is the highest articulated ladder in the world, combining the reliability of Magirus turntable ladders with the benefits of articulation at heights greater than any achieved in the past.
In 1994, the company introduced the first turntable ladder with an articulated arm – a paradigm shift in turntable ladders. Magirus is celebrating the anniversary with an exhibition in front of the Ulm Minster and a limited special edition of 25 articulated ladders.
Marc Diening (CEO of Magirus) and Hansjörg Prinzing (Chief of the Ulm Fire Department) (from left)
25 Years Magirus Articulated Turntable Ladders on the Münsterplatz in Ulm, Germany
Magirus offers a limited special edition of 25 articulated turntable ladders
25 years ago, Magirus presented the first turntable ladder with an articulated arm at the Interschutz in Hanover, Germany. The traditional Ulm-based company revolutionised turntable ladders at the leading trade fair for fire brigades, rescue services, civil protection and safety. This turntable ladder’ special feature was a five-part ladder set with a 3.50-metre-long articulated arm that could be angled by 75 degrees in the uppermost ladder section. It allowed precision alignment of the rescue cage even in confined spaces, thus facilitating ladder extension to dormer windows, recessed galleries, gable rears and skylights. The articulated-arm turntable ladder thus took over where normal turntable ladders ended. Today, it is one of the most frequently requested turntable ladder designs in the world.
Celebration and vehicle exhibition in front of the highest church tower in the world
On 26 September 2019, Magirus celebrated this special anniversary with invited guests from politics, fire departments, associations and the press. In his speech, Marc Diening, CEO of Magirus, pointed out that for over a century, the name Magirus has stood for ladder development like no other company: "The introduction of articulated-arm technology is an outstanding milestone that has revolutionised the application possibilities of turntable ladders as rescue equipment, creating a new segment that has become the standard in many parts of the world today." As part of the festivities, an exhibition with eight articulated-arm turntable ladders on the Münsterplatz in Ulm invited guests and the public to journey through time and learn about the development of articulated-arm technology.
Exclusive anniversary edition with 25 vehicles
For its 25th anniversary, Magirus is building special limited edition turntable ladders with articulated arms. The edition comprises 25 M32L-AS and M32L-AT vehicles with different chassis variants and two selected rescue cages; and they are already available. The models are equipped with many high-quality features, including proven accessories as well as the new Birdview+ technology. This 360-degree panoramic view ensures maximum safety at the deployment site.
Milestones in Magirus articulated-arm technology
When firefighter, inventor and company founder Conrad Dietrich Magirus invented the first free-standing, mobile turntable ladder almost 150 years ago, it was a revolution. This development has left its mark on Magirus to this day, and the revolution has become a story of evolution that the company has continued to write ever since. The following milestones are particularly worth mentioning in connection with the recent development of the articulated arm technology.
In 2000, Magirus presented "computer-stabilised technology", or CS technology. The introduction of active vibration damping of all ladder movements laid the foundation for the continuing digital optimisation of ladder technology.
With the introduction of the first articulated turntable ladder with telescopic arm, Magirus achieved another fundamental innovation. This design, the DLK 23-12 GL-T, allowed extension of the articulated arm to 4.70 metres by means of a partial telescopic extension. Due to the greater telescoping and rescue height, this also extended the application range of this turntable ladder type.
In 2010, a new chapter in ladder mechanics opened for the new, patented single-extension system. Four years later, the world's highest articulated-arm turntable ladder, the "M42L-AS", was introduced.
A CNG-powered (H)LF 10 tank pumper expands the "Innovative Drive Line" series. Following the introduction of small electric fire engines, the company is thus taking the next step in the development of directly deployable fire-fighting vehicles with reliable, alternative drive technology.
At its yearly press conference in Ulm, Magirus is the world’s first manufacturer of vehicles for fire and disaster protection to present a natural gas-powered tank pumper. The company is thus consistently taking the next step in the implementation of environmentally friendly, immediately available fire-fighting vehicles. With its "Innovative Drive Line (iDL)" series, Magirus is transforming the latest developments in the field of mature alternative drive technology into practice-oriented vehicles that can be used uncompromisingly and reliably.
While the first CNG-powered (H)LF 10 fire engine is now available for fire departments, many local authorities have been converting their fleets to natural gas-powered vehicles for years, successfully optimising their CO2 emissions. "With the iDL, Magirus is bringing the technically feasible and tactically suitable solution into series production," says Marc Diening, CEO of Magirus, summarising the objectives of the new series.
Environmentally friendly, holistic, efficient
The (H)LF 10 is built on an Iveco Eurocargo "Natural Power" 4x2 chassis with 420 litres of compressed natural gas (CNG) and a fully automatic Allison torque converter transmission. With ranges of up to 300 kilometres or pump operation of up to 4 hours and no compromises in loading, the vehicle fully complies with current standards. In addition, special attention was paid to safety and the CNG installation was comprehensively tested and homologated. The fact that Magirus relies holistically on an application technology that is as environmentally friendly as possible is also evident in the interior of the superstructure. For example, the additional heating for the crew compartment is operated with gas. Furthermore, a new type of hydrogen-powered hybrid power generator as well as battery-powered fans and rescue devices establish the highest possible long-term reduction of emissions as standard.
Trendsetting, reliable technology in series productiona
With its "Innovative Drive Line", Magirus is a pioneer in the series production of environmentally friendly, sustainable fire-fighting vehicles. Magirus's first fully electric fire engine marked the first decisive step on the road to more widespread use of zero-emission fire engines in 2018.
When selecting suitable chassis, Magirus attached particular importance to efficiency and reliability as well as flexibility with regard to the individual bodywork requirements of fire departments worldwide.
KLF iDL successfully in action
Last year, a well-known German manufacturer ordered two of the newly introduced, purely electrically powered iDL small fire engines. The two KLF iDL were delivered seven months after the order was placed and have been providing fire protection at the production site since January. With the emission-free, manoeuvrable vehicles, the plant fire brigade can, among other things, further shorten the time to arrival at the scene of the fire. Taking into account the personnel structure, the aim is to improve damage prevention and prevent possible production stoppages due to fires. Those responsible were particularly impressed by the compact vehicle dimensions of 3,900 mm length, 1,400 mm width and 2,170 mm height and the high payload of the KLF iDL. In conjunction with the emission-free drive, the fire engine can drive deep into the production halls and can also be operated inside buildings.
Powerful, all-wheel-drive HLF iDL complements the multifunctional electric vehicles
In 2018, Magirus presented the HLF iDL, the second electrically powered vehicle in the small firefighting vehicle segment. With a range of up to 110 km, a battery life in pump mode of up to 4 hours and a top speed of 65 km/h, the company is thus supplementing its iDL series with a compact all-wheel drive vehicle with an integrated pump. With 40 l/min at 40 bar and the removable superstructure, the vehicle is powerful and highly flexible. In addition to being used inside buildings or terminals, both small electric fire engines can also be used in inner-city areas such as shopping centres, railway stations, narrow alleys or tunnels.
High demand for immediately available vehicles
With the "Innovative Drive Line", Magirus is once again demonstrating its outstanding competence in the development of trendsetting and sustainable firefighting vehicles. The series provides solutions to the strong demand from cities, municipalities, companies and fire departments for environmentally friendly, operational and economical solutions. It combines powerful, tried-and-tested chassis with alternative drive systems and a flexible design to create an individually configurable fire engine that is available today.