• Sep 13th 2007 at 10:03AM
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Dubai is fast gaining a reputation as the "Vegas of the Middle East" because of its impressive rate of development and sometimes crazy amounts of money thrown at government projects.

This time, the city's Civil Defence department has acquired a Corvette to help fight fires by being able to attend to them more quickly than ordinary vehicles. Brigadier Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director of Dubai Civil Defence goes on to explain that due to the Corvette's speed, the car can get vital rescue equipment to the scene of the fire, and in the case of people being trapped in cars, can help remove them.

The article doesn't go into much detail about the "special equipment" the 'Wette is fitted with, but it does mention a portable fire extinguisher, hydraulic equipment and first aid kits.

One of the primary reasons behind its development is that the distance between fire stations and accident scenes are larger than normal, so it makes sense to have a fast first response vehicle. It took a team of four people two months to develop.

It's also the latest GM product to be adapted for civil use by the Dubai authorities. Previously they've used a Hummer H2 and a fleet of Chevy Tahoes.

Thanks to Cataen for the tip!

[Source: Gulf News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like some sheik's cousin's son just became a firefighter.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dubai is a rich a$$ country

      You know what the police drive over there?

      VW GTI's and BMW 5 series



      Plus the fleet of Benz their police dept received

      • 8 Years Ago
      I always thought those people in Dubai has too many dollars and not enough sense. This proves it. This has got to be the most stupid idea I've heard of. How many extinguishers and first aid packs will you fit in that thing? It'll probably kill more people getting to the scene than it would save.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just hope the roof doesn't fall off on the way to a big fire. That would suck.
        • 8 Years Ago
        LOL, ya imagine that! Especially with the heat in that part of the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uhhh, lets make a list of fast cars that would be 100x better for the job:

      -E63 AMG wagon
      -S4 Avant
      -Turbo Subaru wagon
      -Porsche Cayenne
      -BMW X5

      They are big, fast, and stable. You can fit 4 people + tons of gear in them.

      At the most, a rescue responder is going to go 100 MPH (nobody is stupid enough to respond to an accident at 150 MPH, it would be very unsafe for the driver and everyone else), and there are a lot of cars that can easily and safely do this.

      Even in the USA, a Dodge Magnum with the Hemi would be perfect for this. Easily able to go 100 MPH and room for lots of gear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hummer H2 a.k.a. Tahoe with a sock in its pants.

      Good read, i would risk dieing if someone would pick me up in a vette.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Well gas is quite cheap there so running costs won't be much.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh come on... thats a load of crap... We have regular firefighter trucks and cars i assure... That was probably just a prototype for a car show or something... I have never seen anything like that at any of our fire stations and this is MY country (Im an Emirati)... Though I will admit to the bmw 5 series and benz police cars but not all of em are that btw... Many are pathfinders... some are GMC... and others are altima...

      Oh and this doesnt show indulgence.. This shows safety... BMW and Benz are some of the best cars and the longest lasting ones... Also, in high speed chases or in case of accidents and emergencies these cars provide more safety to the police driving the cars and also helps insure that they arrive to the scene before its too late...
      • 8 Years Ago
      One Question: What are they going to use to rescue the under-skilled clown that wrecks the rescue 'Vette? You know it's bound to happen.

      Have been trying to determine if it is a Z06. All of that junk on the front makes it difficult to see.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Better pray that it's no big fire caus you shure won't fit more than 1 or 2 fire extinguishers in there....
      • 8 Years Ago
      other than the crappy 1970's style paintjob, I think it's cool.
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