At the recent Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, D.C., Navistar, Inc. partnered with Terranova GTS, LLC to showcase an International DuraStar Multi-Purpose Vehicle — a truck designed to aid in disaster relief efforts with a vehicle mounted water purification treatment system capable of purifying 5,000 gallons of drinking water per day. The versatile truck also includes firefighting capabilities and a mobile medical unit, according to the truckmaker.
“This state-of-the-art multi-purpose vehicle provides a critical resource to aid disaster relief efforts around the world,” said Tom Clevinger, Navistar senior vice president, Global Truck and Bus. “The first of its kind in the industry, this truck can serve as a life-saving tool and is equipped with a water purification system and firefighting capabilities and includes a mobile medical unit for emergency rescue and triage operations.”
The International DuraStar MPV is an ideal solution to cover an ample spectrum of relevant needs that includes water purification, fire, and sanitary crises as well as mobile medical assistance. From unplanned, emergency situations to programmed activities such as water supply and medical campaigns, the versatility of the MPV allows for optimal asset utilization and maximized return on investment, according to the company.
Developed with Navistar’s humanitarian partner, Terranova, the International DuraStar MPV is equipped with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified microbiological water purifier. The vehicle mounted water treatment system physically removes particulate, turbidity, bacteria, virus and cyst from virtually any water source including rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, shallow wells, groundwater under the direct influence of surface water, rain water, unsafe municipal supplies and springs.
“We’re proud to have developed this versatile, multi-purpose vehicle and we’re excited about its potential impact to provide humanitarian aid and support for crises around the world,” Clevinger added.