MAN donates TGE to Vatican Corps of Firefighters


Pope Francis blessed yesterday the MAN TGE vehicle donated by MAN Truck & Bus Italia. Therewith MAN Truck & Bus makes a contribution to fire protection of the heliport located inside the Vatican City. The van chassis with crew cab and firefighting bodywork was received by the Corps of Firefighters of the Vatican.

MAN Truck & Bus has an ongoing commitment to social responsibility which reflects in this donation. The handover of the vehicle and the blessing ceremony by Pope Francis was attended by MAN Truck & Bus Executive Board Member for Sales & Marketing Göran Nyberg. The MAN TGE donated to the Vatican stands out with modern vehicle technic and is equipped ideally with state-of-the art firefighting technology. A central water cannon mounted above the cab provides water and foam via remote control directly from the driver’s station, thus allowing operators to intervene in safety. A telescopic rod lamp ensures that the vehicle can continue operating at night or under poor visibility conditions.

The MAN TGE 6.180 will also be used to support the air ambulances operating on a daily basis at the heliport inside the Vatican City, managing emergencies for the Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital in Rome. Pope Francis has always paid close attention and has a special affinity for these younger patients, also organizing specific audiences for them at his residence at Santa Marta.



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