The Story Of Amatoya

Amatoya is a concept reconnaissance and suppression vehicle that gives us a new approach to fire-fighting. This highly advanced and specialized light tanker functions primarily as a reconnaissance vehicle and offers unmatched vehicle and crew safety/survivability. It promises to be the best front line defense during the scene of an emergency. Read on to know more….

Details in Liam’s words:

RECONNAISSANCE

Currently the role of site reconnaissance is predominantly carried out by light tankers or QAVs (Quick Attack Vehicles), typically these are modified single cabin commercial utility vehicles such as the Toyota Landcruiser. While the off road performance and maneuverability of such a vehicle is sufficient, its ability to actively suppress a fire threat is severely limited by the considerably small water supply (500lt) and distinct lack of survival engineering, fundamentally making it inadequate for its role.

CREW LAYOUT

Typically medium and heavy tankers require 5-6 crew members to be operated effectively. AMATOYA requires only 2. More military in its approach, reducing crew numbers per appliance will allow for greater dispersion of resources during a fire response.

Principal concerns when developing a vehicle of any nature are driver position, ingress/egress and vision angles. These elements become even more crucial in a vehicle purpose built for reconnaissance. A central, forward and high driver and ROSCO operator position akin to the Apache assault helicopter with generous down vision will assure functionality.

Access is via two gull wing doors, an optimal solution to accommodate the unconventional bodyside form. The distinct lack of a traditional b-pillar will provide uninterrupted views for the ROSCO operator situated above and behind the driver.

SURVIVABILITY

Cabin temperature and vehicle survivability are central to the AMATOYA concept. Existing approaches in survival engineering on fire tankers consistently appears as augmentation rather than integration. Methods are passive, typically reactive and often incapacitate the appliance when in use. A key example is the use of curtain heat shields, while effective, when employed render the appliance out of operation.

To create a homogenous directive towards survivability AMATOYA incorporates state of the art clear aerogel laminated insulation in the windows and bodywork, a dedicated auxiliary water supply to operate a highly efficient, intelligent temperature controlled spray down system, military grade sacrificial thermo ceramic intumescent paints, and a mechanically injected large displacement diesel engine specifically engineered for the unique conditions experienced on the fire ground.

These measures will assure that even in the case of an extremely prolonged and high intensity burnover the vehicle will not only maintain cabin integrity, but opposed to existing appliances AMATOYA will remain fully operational.

SUPPRESSION ABILITY

A Remotely Operated Suppression Cannon Outfit (ROSCO) coupled with a generous 1800lt + 400lt auxiliary water supply, offers a unique dynamic to vehicle operation. Current suppression techniques require large crew numbers (at least 5 per appliance) to perform through intermittent periods of strenuous labour to have any form of impact on a fire. The ROSCO system utilizing IFEX3000 impulse technology is not only a hugely efficient means of fire suppression, but vitally will eliminate crew members being subjected to the elements and stresses of extended high intensity work on the fire ground, while constantly maintaining vehicle mobility. A highly rated thermal imaging camera along with directional spot lights will assist in ‘hotspot’ location to determine the most effective direction of attack.

OFF ROAD PERFORMANCE

AMATOYA represents the pinnacle of specialized performance in the fire appliance design field. Off road capabilities reflect enthusiast 4WD methods, including generous approach, departure and over ramp angles, suspension travel, ground clearance and minimized turn circle.

Central tire inflation (CTI) and run flat tire (RFT) technology coupled with beadlock tires will allow an extensive band of dynamic pressure control to aid in traversing the complex terrain often encountered on the fire ground.

MANUFACTURING

The vehicle adopts many conventional fabrication techniques associated with low production run specialized vehicles. The point of difference which separates this concept from existing appliances is the proposed monocoque steel body, comparable to military MRAP vehicles. A conventional fire tanker is built body-on-frame from a standard cab chassis truck base. While this approach is successful, the lack of integration results in certain performance issues. Body roll due to the on board water supply is an notable problem, however by creating a fully integrated solution, water reservoirs can be strategically located central and low in the vehicle to dramatically improve the centre of gravity.

You can voe for this project @ The James Dyson Awards.

Designer: Liam Ferguson

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  • Mike says:

    Please, Please, make one for recreational use. I have wanted to build something like this for years but lack the funding and facilities. Without the water cannons of course!

  • not u says:

    Im tired of all the people nagging and complaining about others projects. Please, go design something your self…
    Cant you ever imagine how little time and how much work this is??

  • not u says:

    Im tired of all the people nagging and complaining about others projects. Please, go design something your self…
    Cant you ever imagine how little time and how much work this is??

  • Fire Fighter says:

    There is a lot of talk about fire-fighters dying fighting fires in Australia, I have been a fire fighter for about 8 years and been apart of some of the biggest fires Australia has seen and I don't recall any fire-fighters dying due to the fire fight in vehicles. They have all died not driving to the conditions.

    Water is used in the mop up stage of a fire in which you would be better off with hoses not cannons as fuel burns on both sides and you need to access both sides to put it out.

  • Fire Fighter says:

    There is a lot of talk about fire-fighters dying fighting fires in Australia, I have been a fire fighter for about 8 years and been apart of some of the biggest fires Australia has seen and I don't recall any fire-fighters dying due to the fire fight in vehicles. They have all died not driving to the conditions.

    Water is used in the mop up stage of a fire in which you would be better off with hoses not cannons as fuel burns on both sides and you need to access both sides to put it out.

  • John says:

    Awesome work Liam, if one SMALL feature of this advanced design makes its way into a production vehicle you have achieved something great… you should be proud :-)

  • John says:

    Awesome work Liam, if one SMALL feature of this advanced design makes its way into a production vehicle you have achieved something great… you should be proud :-)

  • Kate Koger says:

    I showed my son the picture of it and he wants one!!! Will these be made in toys at all??? He is only 4 years old but LOVES cars, motorbikes, Quadbikes and now this!!!!!!!!

  • Kate Koger says:

    I showed my son the picture of it and he wants one!!! Will these be made in toys at all??? He is only 4 years old but LOVES cars, motorbikes, Quadbikes and now this!!!!!!!!

  • David Finnie says:

    Liam, fantastic work. Excellent idea.

    SheepHunter, I reckon your comments are spot on. I'm also a firefighter in Australia (for over 17 years now, so have experienced several very serial fires). We live in a remote community, and water is a luxury, not a given. Obviously where lots of water is available, then throwing water at a fire is a great way to put it out, but we don't have that option most of the time. Some of the comments from others re. large amounts of water might have experiences where water is easily accessible – but remember that that's not always the case, and is generally *not* the case in Australia.

    Furthermore, our terrain is often very tough on the vehicles, and our 15 tonne tanker (with 3200 litres of water) can take over 2 hours to get to some locations – mostly because of road conditions. We have a smaller 3.5 tonne Toyota Landscruiser that has been converted into a "Striker" vehicle (recon/quick attack), but it has nothing on this concept design WRT

    A vehicle like this is just what the doctor ordered. At large fires, a lot of effort is put into recon. This machine could do the job well while protecting the occupants (I reckon spray bars are a must have for this purpose).

  • David Finnie says:

    Liam, fantastic work. Excellent idea.

    SheepHunter, I reckon your comments are spot on. I'm also a firefighter in Australia (for over 17 years now, so have experienced several very serial fires). We live in a remote community, and water is a luxury, not a given. Obviously where lots of water is available, then throwing water at a fire is a great way to put it out, but we don't have that option most of the time. Some of the comments from others re. large amounts of water might have experiences where water is easily accessible – but remember that that's not always the case, and is generally *not* the case in Australia.

    Furthermore, our terrain is often very tough on the vehicles, and our 15 tonne tanker (with 3200 litres of water) can take over 2 hours to get to some locations – mostly because of road conditions. We have a smaller 3.5 tonne Toyota Landscruiser that has been converted into a “Striker” vehicle (recon/quick attack), but it has nothing on this concept design WRT

    A vehicle like this is just what the doctor ordered. At large fires, a lot of effort is put into recon. This machine could do the job well while protecting the occupants (I reckon spray bars are a must have for this purpose).

  • Jon lee says:

    This is brilliant – as long as the tyres don’t melt or the engine stops in a burn over ? One of these alone probably can’t do much – but 10 of them working together could . A bigger version could be the mother tanker where the smaller ones get a resupply .

  • Jon lee says:

    This is brilliant – as long as the tyres don’t melt or the engine stops in a burn over ? One of these alone probably can’t do much – but 10 of them working together could . A bigger version could be the mother tanker where the smaller ones get a resupply .

  • Damo says:

    hi, some of your idears are great, like having a custom built command vehicle (what it is called in victoria) with crew protection like clear aerogel laminated insulation and your other fire protection ideals to keep extrem heat out of the cabin. Your suggestions should be seriously looked into, great work.

  • Damo says:

    hi, some of your idears are great, like having a custom built command vehicle (what it is called in victoria) with crew protection like clear aerogel laminated insulation and your other fire protection ideals to keep extrem heat out of the cabin. Your suggestions should be seriously looked into, great work.

  • Alan says:

    Great idea,

    Excellent for thinking outside the box. If anything has come from this is that a new way of thinking has come into the arena.
    I am a firefighter in Australia. One of these vehicles would be great. For a quick response, possibly knock the fire down, (not all fire fronts are 20m high) provide valuable recon information to form a plan of attack.
    As it is stated it is in the design process. Also 1000lt of water is good enough, combined with water you can triple its effectiveness.
    This idea could be tailored to suit conditions around the world.
    I personally can’t wait to see one in action.

  • Alan says:

    Great idea,

    Excellent for thinking outside the box. If anything has come from this is that a new way of thinking has come into the arena.
    I am a firefighter in Australia. One of these vehicles would be great. For a quick response, possibly knock the fire down, (not all fire fronts are 20m high) provide valuable recon information to form a plan of attack.
    As it is stated it is in the design process. Also 1000lt of water is good enough, combined with water you can triple its effectiveness.
    This idea could be tailored to suit conditions around the world.
    I personally can’t wait to see one in action.

  • Steve Kaiser says:

    Great idea! It could be improved a few ways for example instead of 1800ltrs of water it could be utilized for asset protection with the addition of a C.A.F.S (Compressed Air Foam System). And it also could double for ground observer units and TIC (Thermal Imaging Camera) Crews.

  • steph says:

    Way to go! I’ve seen your concept plastered all over the Industrial Design walls at Uni, its good to see fellow students come up with these polished concepts. Look foreward to 4th year 😀

  • Gunter Foerschl says:

    Hello Mr. Ferguson,

    I am very interessted in youer project AMATOYA.

    Please be so kind to give me more informations.

    Best regards

    Gunter Förschl
    Dipl.-Ing.(FH)
    Ingenieurbüro Förschl&Hoffmann
    gunter.foerschl@web.de
    Germany

  • JennyD says:

    Remove it’s ability to put our fires and withstand heat and I would buy it for every day use. This should be the new standard for upcoming suvs and crossovers!

  • Mic1 says:

    Did you actually read any of it?

  • Mic1 says:

    (Haters)

  • Ned says:

    Liam
    As a rural fire fighter of over 30 years in NSW & QLD, I think the concept should be considered for trial and use.

    I have been watching the successes being had by Ultra High pressure pumps and low water capacities from light ATV’s with single operators and the results are astounding.

    So much so that the thinking of our design people in RFSQ has been gravitating toward Dual pumps (high and low pressure) on medium attack appliances which are the most common in use appliance in QLD Rural Fire Brigades apart from slip on units.

    I would gladly trial one here in Townsville Nth QLD in our savannah land and grazing land as we do chase down fire to prevent growth and spread.

    Well done and please keep at it.

    Cheers

    Ned

  • Ned says:

    Sadly firefighters do die in the firefight. More often than not in a burnover and often in the deadman zone. I have known some such firefighters and to tar all rural firefighter deaths with the “Not Driving to Conditions” brush is irresponsible.

    All areas are different. Some have water , some don’t, some have Catastropphic fire weather , some don’t, some have forests, some have grasslands. Some experience Crown fires while others do not, some use water to fight fire while others use fire or other fuel reduction methods.

    Just because it happens a particular way in our own back yard, does not mean it happens that way elsewhere. We all seem to be experts yet please all remember that X is an unknown quantity and a Spurt is a drip under pressure>
    Stay Safe

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    It is a inspirational design!! this design is look like the design that i like to be build..

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