Nasu H555



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Description Helsinki H555 tracked vehicle of the Helsinki Fire Department[1]
Date Picture taken by Lasse Moisio 29th of Februray, 2004 near Helsinki Rescue Station 5. Text by Pöllö on April 22nd, 2007
Source Picture by Lasse Moisio, text by Pöllö
Author Picture: Lasse Moisio, text: Pöllö, please notice sources referred in some parts of the text
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Picture used with kind permission of Lasse Moisio on April 22nd, 2007

This tracked vehicle is located at the Helsinki rescue station 5 (Malmi) next to an airport for small planes.

The vehicle – originally designed for military purposes by Sisu, Finland - runs on tracks made of special rubber. This kind of tracked vehicle is very suitable to work on ice, snow and rough terrain, and forests. Since the weight of the vehicle is distributed on relative big surface of tracks, this vehicle can manage even on boggy swamps. It can even swim, however, with a relatively slow speed of approx. 4 km/h (approx. 2.5 miles per hour). On street, the speed of basic version of this vehicle is 55 km/h in maximum (approx. 34 miles per hour). It weights approx. 5.2 metric tons (approx. 11 500 pounds or 5.73 short tons) and is able to carry 2 metric tons (approx. 4400 pounds or 2.20 metric tons) of cargo or men. It can also pull a trailer of 2.5 metric tons (approx. 5500 pounds or 2.76 metric tons). It has a 6.2 litres V8-diesel engine. The vehicle is able to climb a hill of 45 degrees steep.

As a rescue vehicle it can be used in airplane accidents on rough terrains and forests, in forest fires etc.

It also serves FRF (the Finn Rescue Force, or later FinnRescue). FinnRescue is a multi-skilled firefighter force combined from the biggest cities in the Southern Finland. It is used in international rescue and humanitarian help in natural disasters, but also in technical accidents, civil crises and other kind of catastrophes. There are approx. 250 FRF-trained fire fighters[2], however, typically 30 men are sent to sceneries of earthquakes etc. FRF carries also ATVs, communication equipment, sonic and visual detectors used on debris in collapse rescue, hydraulic rescue tools, tents, satellite telephones, and other rescue tools [3].

The FRF is able to survive 10 days independently, because in catastrophe areas typically tools, even water and food are hardly available. With ATVs and a tracked vehicle the FRF can reckon catastrophe areas with damaged infrastructure and poor roads. The men and equipment of FRF can be sent in 12 hours, and they have been used in forest fires in neighbouring countries to Finland, too. Since most of the firefighters are both firefighters and work in emergency care, they are a very flexible task force on disaster scenes. Naturally they have had education to international and special rescue operations, too. The FRF has also joined e.g. in the International Humanitarian Partnership under the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)[4].


  1. ? Helsinki Fire Department, www.hel.fi/pel
  2. ? Suomi lähettää FRF-ryhmittymän avustamaan Viron metsäpalojen sammuttamisessa, Ministry of the Interior, Finland, 17.7.2006. http://www.pelastustoimi.fi/uutiset/2692?keyword=finnrescue#firstHit, retrieved on April 22nd, 2007.
  3. ? Vesa Toikka: Sortumat saaneet aatoksiin: FRF-kalusto ja –henkilöstö myös kotimaan käyttöön. ‘’Pelastustieto’’ 10/2004 (In Finnish). http://www.pelastustieto.com/2004/pt1004-2.html, retrieved on April 22nd, 2007.
  4. ? OCHA, Field Coordination Support Section: The International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP). http://ochaonline.un.org/webpage.asp?Page=593, retrieved on April 22nd, 2007.


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