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Aerial rescue platforms


Designing and building one vehicle to replace a separate rescue tender and aerial platform is exactly the type of challenge that the engineers at JDC relish. The challenge was to create a vehicle that fits the streets and had the equivalent capabilities of a separate tender and aerial. The first JDC VEMA Combis became successfully operational in 2004.

Development of the JDC VEMA Combi continues based upon field feedback from Strathclyde FRS and other customers. It's proved very popular because it's a first on the scene vehicle that does the work of two separate vehicles but costs less than the two combined.

In addition to operational saving Strathclyde FRS stated that they had achieved more platform rescues using the Combi in its first 12 months than they had using all of their platforms combined over the previous 5 years.


  • Radio controlled automatic levelling
  • Radio controlled water monitor
  • V.O.C. outreach control system
  • Large capacity cage for fire fighting and rescue operations
  • Rescue cage with three access doors
  • Escape ladder with automatic rung alignment
  • Working height 28.5m
  • Water and foam capacity, 1800 litres of water, 120 litres of foam using an integrated tank design