The BMW Group will again be presenting a selection of tailor-made emergency and special-purpose vehicles for rescue teams, fire services, emergency physicians and police forces at the RETTmobil trade fair being held in Fulda, Germany this weekend. The event is taking place for the 17th time and ranks as Europe’s leading trade fair for rescue and mobility services with around 500 exhibitors presenting to more than 25,000 trade visitors from home and abroad.
BMW and BMW Motorrad will showcase six different emergency vehicles including a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, BMW X5 and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer in emergency ambulance trim as well as a new BMW 5 Series Sedan as an emergency vehicle in disguise. As a command vehicle for fire services, the exhibited BMW X1 meets entirely different requirements. The same applies to the exhibited first responder emergency motorcycle based on the BMW R1200RT.
Motorcycles are ideally suited for deployment in urban areas where their agility allow them to reach their destination, even in dense traffic, faster than two-track vehicles. And with the necessary equipment, they also offer genuine long-distance qualities. The BMW R1200RT First Responder is being presented in a new “RAL” color scheme and comes with several options including a heated single seat with radio box, additional battery, antenna (380 MHz), a siren and public address system as well as visual features such as LED flashing beacons and a stop signaller. Radio preparation includes wiring for the SEPURA Tetra BOS system.
Like the consumer R1200RT, the First Responder model has two driving modes (“Rain” and “Road”), ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard. Optional Shift Assistant Pro, lean-optimized ABS Pro, dynamic braking light, Pro driving modes are available. The liquid-cooled boxer engine delivers the same 125 hp (92 kW) as the standard model.
The history of BMW emergency vehicles goes back as far as the 1950s. At that time, the Munich police took into service new patrol cars based on the BMW 501 and 502. These sedans, which were affectionately known as “baroque angels,” featured large six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines.
Today, the company’s experience in emergency vehicle construction for the police, fire services, rescue teams and government organizations is a source of pride. The range of available vehicles currently includes nine series (2 Series Gran Tourer and 2 Series Active Tourer, 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series, X1, X3, X5 and i3) as well as four motorcycle models (F700GS, F800GS, F800GT, R1200RT). As you would expect of the brand, reliability, functionality and safety are selling points for BMW emergency vehicles.
BMW engineers collaborate closely with future users during the vehicles’ development stage. In this way, practical experience gained by fire services, rescue teams and the police flows into the design of the new emergency vehicle. Installation of some equipment, such as radio and signal control technology for example, is incorporated into the normal production process, even being partly implemented on the assembly lines of production models. In this way, BMW can guarantee quality standards that can’t be achieved simply through retrofitting. Finally, BMW subjects installed components to stringent tests that exceed the standard requirements.
BMW motorcycles used by public authorities leave the BMW plant as complete made-to-order solutions. Since 1970, more than 130,000 of them have been sold in more than 150 countries. Many of the police motorcycles have a service life of up to 16 years and 75,000 miles (120,000 km). BMW can even supply rider and safety apparel adapted to the specific use and country requirements.