Following last month’s earthquakes in the Emilia region of Italy, construction equipment giant CNH supplied the Italian civil protection department with an emergency rescue unit consisting of construction machinery, mobile service vans and operators.
The company has two facilities in the area: a manufacturing plant in Modena and a research and development and logistics centre in San Matteo.
The self-contained emergency unit consists of 12 New Holland earthmoving machines, including telehandlers, mini-excavators, skid steer loaders, backhoe loaders, excavators and wheel loaders, five service vans, and Iveco trucks, as well as 20 operators and mechanics.
The unit is organised into four teams and has been operating in the municipalities that were worst hit by the earthquakes: Cavezzo, Finale Emilia and Medolla.
Work includes creating a drainage system, preparing a surface area for an evacuee camp, cleaning the streets of the historical centre, demolishing dangerous buildings and disposing of rubble. CNH has also made its industrial complex in Cento available to local manufacturers companies that lost their production facilities.