A Grove GMK3050-1 has been modified to work as an emergency vehicle for the Kassel fire department in Germany.
The ten-year-old crane was modified over a 12 week period by Manitowoc Crane Care and crane service company Möhle Crane Service. Modifications included fitting special lighting, support tools and a 6 x 6 drive system, a company spokesperson said. Additional modifications included adding a universal NATO socket and an electric motor so the crane could operate from different external power sources. A lift raft was also fitted behind the cabin.
It is currently the only emergency vehicle of its kind in central Germany. Reinhard Kotzan, sales manager at local Grove dealer KranAgentur Werner, says, “The Grove GMK3050-1 is ideal for emergency work as it is quick to set up, compact and powerful. It has excellent load charts and an impressive boom, which make it suitable for a huge variety of jobs. Modifications are now complete and the crane is an excellent addition to the fire department’s emergency services.”