Whilst at University, 30 years ago now, I did a short project which was to design a Fire & Rescue Truck. It was an interesting project, albeit short. It never went past the sketching and rendering stage. Yet, there were some ideas that I found that could still be relevant now. It gave me the excuse of creating a truck, and it was a little bit of fun.
The vehicle is a 4×4, with composite construction for the bodywork, and has a rear mounted arm that can be remotely operated in the rear upright cabin, the main vehicle cabin or remotely. The arm has interchangeable ends, which makes the vehicle multipurpose. The ends include an excavator, a monitor, large shears to cut car wreckage and grasping arms, but other ideas could be incorporated. The main principle is that the vehicle is versatile, rapid and capable on several terrains.