Pinzgauer (Pinz)

Here, you'll find out all there is to know about a Pinzgauer (Pinz). This includes how this firefighting vehicle works, what it looks like, the equipment it carries and how high its ladders can reach.

What the Pinz is

This is a 6x6 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) used to provide an initial response to the Somerset levels if they become flooded.

What it looks like

Where it's used

There is only one Pinz currently being used in frontline service, and it's based at Ilminster. The second is kept as a reserve at the Chelston workshops in Wellington. 

How it's maintained

The Pinz is maintained by the Fleet Maintenance team, based at the Chelston workshops in Wellington.

The vehicle's communications systems (radio or mobile data links) are maintained by the Communications department, which is based at Service Headquarters.

People who crew the vehicle

An OIC (which stands for Officer-In-Charge), a driver or pump operator and up to two other crew as well.

Equipment on the vehicle

Each appliance carries a variety of tools and equipment to deal with the emergencies they face. The Pinzgauer's equipment includes:

  • a HALE HPX75 single stage pump
  • and a 10.5-metre ladder.

Below are some photos of the equipment and parts of the vehicle.

The different types

  • Pinzgauer/Saxon.




5.055 metres.



2.032 metres (over closed mirrors).



2.667 metres.

Maximum total weight



Ground clearance



Fording depth



Litre water tank


800 litres.

Did you know?

The Pinzgauers are the oldest vehicles in our fleet. They were originally intended to cover remote, rural areas due to their excellent off-road capabilities.

However after Somerset faced serious flooding, they were discovered to be really useful for accessing locations normal vehicles couldn't reach in this situation. This is why they're kept in the Somerset area now.