Rescue sheets have been available for new cars for some time now and are increasingly common on commercial vehicles and lorries. They provide information about the vehicle's structure and the best places to cut the bodywork open to rescue the driver and passengers.
Liebherr has now developed rescue sheets for its newer mobile crane models, showing the structure of the bodywork and warning of any hazardous substances on it. The rescue sheet is located behind the driver's seat.
Liebherr said that although modern automotive engineering is safer it also hampers the fast rescue of passengers. Mobile cranes are a particularly niche type of commercial vehicle that few fire crews are likely to have dealt with.
In developing the concept, Liebherr worked with its own local fire service from Ehingen in Germany. In addition to providing advice and exchanging information, practical tests were carried out on driver's cabs and crane cabs.