Special vehicles by BAI2019-11-18T19:23:52+01:00


BAI Brescia Antincendi International Srl is one of the largest Italian companies designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of custom-tailored fire fighting and rescue vehicles, with first class after-sales service, specific training programmes, customized maintenance agreements and a wide-ranging stock of spare parts.

The company is strategically located in the northern part of Italy, in Brescia area. The operating sites cover about 20.000 sqm of manufacturing floor space and the production capacity averages 200-250 units/year thanks to a staff of 130-150 team members.

BAI has gained considerable experience in the supply of fire fighting and rescue vehicles, to industries, local authorities, ministries and other government departments all over the world including Europe, Africa, Far East & Middle East. We are able to respond efficiently to the detailed tender requirements that such departments often require. We have a world-wide network of agents in order to enable our customers to always have a local point of contact.

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Firefighting Vehicles

Vehicles – Municipal


The ever increasing expansion of urban areas and the subsequent raise in fire risks, have led BAI to develop a range of fire vehicles and appliances which fully meet  the requirements from municipal firefighting services.

BAI Municipal firefighting vehicles can fire fight either in areas of difficult access (where reduced dimensions are required such as in historical centres, high traffic zones, mountainous areas) or in places where the firefighting intervention requires water and/or foam of superior capacities.

BAI water tender vehicles offer a wide range of equipment options in order to be ideally suited to each customer particular requirement. Specialist fire appliances with the primary purpose of transporting large amounts of water to the fireground, especially where fire hydrants are not readily avalaible.

Our BAIWAY firefighting superstructures, which we distinguish into two macro-categories (Fire Rescue Pumper & Fire Pumper Tanker), can be realised according to customer’s request on the best suitable chassis.

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Vehicles – Airport Rescue


BAI range of fire fighting vehicles includes also airport firefighting trucks: RAPID INTERVENTION, HIGH EXTINGUISHING CAPACITY, SPECIAL CHASSIS (FOAM CRASH TENDERS) and RESCUE STAIRWAY VEHICLES. They are all conceived to give adequate means of dealing as fast and safe as possible in any case of a crash situation: innovative features, the research of the best materials and state-of-the art technology.

BAI VSA range includesboth 4×4 and 6×6 versions. The vehicles always meet the requirements stipulated by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and other regulating bodies responsible for the air safety.

Our firefighting superstructures meet our customers requests on the most suitable chassis version

Vehicles – Industrial protection


The main task of BAI industrial firefighting vehicles is to counteract the specific dangers arising from areas having high risk of fire such as petrochemical industries, power and nuclear plants, ports.

The diversity and the concentration of the risks within the industrial sector, have necessitated the development of vehicles using all types of extinguishing agents: water, foam and powder.

The complete range of appliances provided by our Company allows the industrial operators to select the most suitable vehicle according their specific requirements.

Vehicles – Hydraulic Platforms


A Hydraulic Platform (HP) is a large fire appliance used mainly to efficiently rescue from high rise tower blocks and other tall buildings. It is essentially a large crane fitted with a caged platform which can be hoisted to heights well over 30 metres in some cases.

The platform is raised to windows or balconies to rescue stranded persons. The appliance is also capable of pumping water and as such occasionally these units are also used to direct hose reel water jets into a fire from an elevated position.

BAI VPI Hydraulic Platforms range includes firefighting and rescue platforms from 18 to 54 m working height, complete with high technology for electronics, checking and mixing devices.

Vehicles – Rescue


BAI VP Rescue trucks are multi-purpose vehicles primarly designed for technical rescue situations such as car accidents, rope rescues, swiftwater rescues or building collapses. Technical rescue refers therefore to those aspects of saving life or property that employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for fire fighting, medical emergency, and rescue.

Special attention is given to the equipment disposition inside the superstructure as it is determining for the rapidity and efficiency of the intervention. BAI  Rescue vehicles are produced only after a careful technical evaluation, a choice of materials and after an accurate selection of top quality equipments.

Vehicles – Forest protection


Wildlands firefighting requires unique vehicles that can climb mountain roads and hills, be self-reliant an have high clearances for wheels and suspension. Wildland fire apparatus may have lower capacities to carry water but can be deployed to fight fires in environments whre urban fire trucks would be unable to operate due to rugged terrain.

The need for top off-road performance, manoeuvrability, ability to climb, small dimensions and low weight, rule out the carrying of large amounts of extinguishing agents.

High, or extra high-pressure systems assure an outstanding extinguishing capacity, the maximum throw distances as well as an optimum use of water.

German DIN Vehicles

The comprehensive range of BAI fire vehicles dedicated to the German market includes fire fighting trucks types TSF, TSF-W, MLF, LF10, HLF10, LF20, LF 20 KatS and HLF20. And furthermore pump water tenders categorie TLF2000, TLF3000, TLF4000, RW fully in accordance with German DIN Norms. Moreover BAI Brescia Antincendi International Srl supplies to the German market rescue units, equipment vehicles, industrial fire fighting trucks and airport fire vehicles.

BAI Sonderfahrzeuge GmbH in Pforzheim, Germany is a 100% subsidiary of BAI Brescia Antincendi International Srl from Brescia, Italy. From our Pforzheim headquarters the dedicated sales team takes care of German fire fighters requests during commercial and project management phases.

In addition, our decentralized network of BAI agents in Germany supports our company activity in Germany. Also available after sales service, specific training programs, tailored maintenance agreements and comprehensive stocks of spare parts.

Special Firefighting Vehicles

Vehicle – Tunnel Rescue

PROTEUS: New Tunnel Rescue Vehicle

BAI develops, potentiates and consolidates previous BAI Janus tunnel rescue vehicle expertise for firefighting interventions in tunnels and releases NEW BAI PROTEUS tunnel firefighting vehicle. BAI PROTEUS VSAT 13000 S includes top quality fire fighting technology and is specially designed for firefighting operations in high temperatures, isolated and low visibility tunnel environments. BAI PROTEUS tunnel rescue vehicle enables a quick and massive fire attack in tunnels and reduced space environments.

JANUS “two-faces” truck for tunnel fires. Absolute “World-Premiere”
The project for the construction of JANUS tunnel vehicle comes as a result of the serious incident occurred in 1999 in the Mont Blanc Tunnel. After this event, the Italian-French company EEIG-TMB (European Economic Group f
or the Interest of the Mont Blanc Tunnel) established a committee for carrying out a Plan to ensure 24 hours of prevention, safety and immediate action services for people and traffic in the tunnel. The action plan provided, among other things, the presence of three emergency locations permanently manned by Fire professionals.

BAI response to this project is a highly  innovative solution and that is JANUS vehicle. Like Janus, the ancient god with two faces, the vehicle engineered by BAI to firefight in the tunnel has two faces: this means two twin cabins with two-way ride able to manoeuvre in tight spaces, reverse gear without manoeuvre and move laterally.

JANUS tunnel rescue vehicle is build on MAN chassis and presents unique rescue capacities of its kind. The vehicle is equipped with two twin cabins as well as with four-wheel steering; a 4000 litres water tanker and 500 litres of foam. Provided also with infrared cameras which allow easy driving in case of darkness and smoke, with breathing apparatus and self-protection systems both for the cabins and wheels. Both cabins are pressurized.

Vehicle – Rail-Road Rescue

BAI “VAB” Rail-Road fire fighting vehicle allows the use both on rail and road. The vehicle to move by rail has two axles with wheels and rails with suitable gauge. The traction force for the movement by rail is supplied by the vehicle’s axle motor by means of friction drums of adequate diameter placed next to the driving wheels. The lowering and lifting of the rail routes is made through hydraulic cylinders where is located an emergency device for the lifting of the rail routes in case of breakdowns.

The BAI rail traction solution envisages a change of speed, mechanic with electronic control and automated clutch device. Is also provided a speed limiter for driving wheels.

The retarder incorporates the specific braking system. The vehicle is capable of two-way running with similar performance in both directions. It is guaranteed a maximum train speed of 40 Km/h.

The placement of the vehicle on the track is fast and made easy thanks to the adoption of lighting devices suitably directed to railways and to the underlying area, in order to ease the view of the support team during the manoeuvre operations.

There are red and white lighting devices for the rail movement both on the front and on the rear side. Moreover, there is a sound indicator of appropriate intensity as for the reverse movements. The rail braking system, which is independent from the road one, provides pneumatic front and rear brakes. The drive is effected by a lever mounted in the cabin next to the gear selector of the vehicle, in a readily accessible position both for driver and co-driver(s). The rail braking system can be turned off, even during rail driving, when you need to use the vehicle’s brakes.

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Breathing Apparatus Tender

BAI Breathing Apparatus vehicles (BaTs) carry extensive stocks of spare Breathing Apparatus cylinders at large incidents.

They replenish cylinders which may have been used by firefighters tackling a protracted blaze or dealing with Hazardous Materials. Some  Breathing Apparatus Tenders are also fitted with compressors which allow empty BA cylinders to be recharged on scene.

Most also contain a mobile workshop so that BA sets can be repaired at the scene of incident so that they can be made available for use again at the incident within in a very short space of time.

Command Control Unit

At large protracted incidents BAI Command Unit (CU) vehicle is normally deployed to the scene as main communication centre for Senior Commanders to monitor and co-ordinate resources.

Essentially a command unit is a command centre, telecommunications hub and office on wheels employed for emergencies control.

Hazmat Vehicle

Many fire departments covering large metropolitan areas or those containing many high-risk hazards, keep specialist appliances for dealing with hazardous materials.

Hazardous materials or “HazMats”, are solids, liquids, or gases that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. They are often subjected to chemical regulations. Dangerous goods include materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive or corrosive, oxidizers or asphyxiants, biohazardous, toxic, pathogen or allergen substances and organisms, but also physical condititions as compressed gases and liquids or hot materia, including all goods containing such materials or chemicals, or may have other characteristics that render it hazardous in specific circumstances.

Hazardous Materials Appliances are of two main types:

  1. Decontamination Unit carry specialised equipment capable of decontaminating emergency workers and / or victims whom have come into contact with hazardous materials. The equipment carried is wide ranging and highly technical in nature.
  2. Scientific Support Unit, essentially a mobile laboratory which can attend a wide range of incidents (including chemical spills and fires) where early on-site scientific analysis  and monitoring will speed up the detection process and allow firefighters and other emergency services to provide the correct response for the particular incident.


Aluminium Technology

BAIWAY. One high standard. A world of options. 

  • Professional instrumentation. Engineering through modern 3D CAD Technology.
  • Deep knowledge of the working process. Laser-cut, bevelled aluminium sheets.
  • Plenty of equipments & storage innovations. Customer-oriented solutions. Always.
  • Aluminium extrusion profiles. Self-supporting. Torsion-resistant. Multi-function integration. Highly resistant and low superstructure weight.
  • Formed aluminium and plastic components. High quality. Product simplification. Parts reduction. Resistance to corrosion.
  • BAIWAY Crew Cab integration into the Superstructure. More space for equipments and crew operators.
  • Exit doors with automatic staircases. More safety and comfort for the operators.
  • BAI DIAMOND LIGHTS. Steps, stairs, equipment compartments and the roof are all illuminated to support the job of the fire operator.

Research & Development

Over the years BAI has engineered and developed an extensive range of special vehicles, highly innovative and very often unique. Among these it is worth mentioning our Tunnel Rescue Vehicle as well as the Rail-Road Rescue Vehicle (drivable both on rail and road).

All the Research & Development activities are characterized by a strong customer orientation: vehicles requirements are closely studied with the aim to improve the electronic engineering and to provide the best technical solution to the firemen.

The engineering of our BAI firefighting vehicles is studied almost entirely within our Company. A team of engineers, dedicated to the design and development of new technological solutions, closely work with a second team, responsible for checking the technical feasibility of the entire project. The process gives body to the needs of the customer which are always converted into innovative solutions.

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BAIWAY Crew Cabs

BAI is a designer and manufacturer of crew cabs in steel and fibreglass on various types of chassis. The production of the crew cabs fully respects the quality standards as well as the body mounting directives of the chassis manufacturer.

BAIWAY crew cab’s structure, which has been engineered with the cooperation of the chassis manufacturer, is completely homogenous to the original design.

The extended cabin can be supplied with the following facilities/options:

  • Rear seats for 4 crewmembers, forward facing, mounted at the rear side of the cab;
  • Rear tiltable seats serving as a cover for the storage locker;
  • Air Breathing Apparatus mounted on the front and rear seats;
  • Two additional rear doors with original locks and drop windows;
  • Grab handles for every seat of the crew compartment;
  • Rear footboards (EN 1846 compliant);
  • 4-axle version;
  • Additional rear seats (7+1 version);
  • Automatic tiltable footsteps;
  • Electro-hydraulic tilting system;
  • Three-points self-rewinding safety belts (test according to the directive No. 76/115/EEC including all amendments up to and including No. 96/38/EC).


After sales service

Being a leader means also ensuring with professionalism, continuity and timeliness the proper functioning and maintenance of our BAI firefighting vehicles. Always and everywhere.

Our BAI After Sales Service department includes highly-qualified and experienced technicians dedicated to your requests for:

  • Repairing of firefighting vehicles and equipments next to our premises or on user’s site.
  • Repairing or modifying of BAI vehicles out of warranty.
  • Maintenance service (half-yearly, yearly) – in our factory or on user’s site.
  • Repairing of BAI damaged vehicles.

Spare parts

Thanks to an appropriate and effective logistic centre BAI is able to manage worldwide the spare parts orders related to:

  • BAI fire fighting superstructures;
  • Pumps & Monitors;
  • Original Chassis parts (Mercedes Benz, MAN, Volvo, Scania and others).

For any spare parts information request and/or orders, please contact us and provide the following details:

  • Chassis number / Pump model;
  • BAI Fire fighting superstructure model & production year;
  • Components’ description (BAI identification item number, if available);
  • Your contact details (address, phone, e-mail).

Training courses

Our BAI training activities, organized with great care and professionalism, are a valuable dialogue tool with our customers. Actually, on these occasions, it is very important to interact, collect proposals and exchange information with the operators who use everyday our firefighting vehicles. All suggestions are carefully collected and considered for future product innovations.

Following our customers requests customized training and technical guidance can be arranged in our factory or on user’s site.


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