Small haulage business owner Kim Ancker of Denmark has just received his new Scania V8 R 250, and the truck has a special safety feature that’s a little out of the ordinary. The new, blue 8x2 is outfitted with a heart-starting defibrillator and an accompanying sticker to alert first responders to its presence.
The tragic reason behind Ancker’s decision to equip his new truck with the lifesaving device was the 2018 death of an oncoming driver due to cardiac arrest. With the defibrillator onboard, future heart-related emergencies might turn out differently. To recognise Kim Ancker Transport’s safety efforts, two years ago the Danish Transport and Logistics Association named the firm its Transport Company of the Year.
“I see this as a bit of a game-changer, especially in less-populated areas where many drivers pass,” said Allan Lassen of the Danish first aid training institute Red-Liv. Lassen also advises Scania Denmark’s Driver Academy. “Normally, it takes longer for help to arrive in these places, but if the driver with a defibrillator is registered with the Danish TrygFonden foundation as a Heart Runner, he or she will immediately be alerted via an app. A swift response is crucial to saving lives.”
The Scania R Series
Ancker’s new Scania R 250 came with several factory safety features, including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, eight exterior cameras, Adaptive Cruise Control with Active Prediction and a retarder, and an electronic parking brake with hill hold. The truck also features Scania Opticruise with clutch-on-demand.
The R Series from Scania is attuned to driver comfort, fuel efficiency, and aerodynamics. It’s available with 9-, 13-, and 16-litre Euro 6 engines with 230 to 730 horsepower and eight- or 12-speed transmission choices. Tractor and rigid versions are available in variety of chassis and cab heights with both sleeper and day cab options. Axle configurations range from 4x2 to 10x4 editions with up to three steerable axles.