Safe electrical connections of emergency vehicles


The watchwords for the emergency services are 'Speed and Safety'.

13 min 54 sec! Is the average time it takes for the emergency services to arrive on scene from the moment they are called.

In France, the fire service carries out approximately 1 response every 6.5 seconds, i.e., 13 205 interventions per day1. For ambulances, there are more than 700 000 rescue operations per year2.

Firefighter vehicles are the ones we think about immediately when talking about rescue vehicles. Indeed, the number of vehicles in a fleet is high (around 15,000 in France). This is due to the diversity of vehicle types (ladder trucks, pumper trucks, conventional light vehicles etc…) each able to carry out different tasks (aerial interventions for ladder trucks, manoeuvre in forest for wildland truck, light people care for some light vehicles etc…). In addition to firefighter vehicles, we shall not forget about all other emergency services working daily to provide healthcare and which require specific well-fitted vehicles for their own range of different operations (transport of patients, external intensive care, first aid…).



Speed, robustness, safety.

Time is a significant factor and every minute counts in the emergency sector. It is therefore mandatory that all the products and equipment used fully meet the daily requirements of the emergency workers taking into account the risks involved. All equipment and fleets must be well-adapted and optimised to ensure immediate departure.

When rescuing a person or in the case of an operation in a harmful environment, emergency workers must firstly ensure their own safety, which requires high-quality equipment. All this guarantees the safety of the crews and their equipment.

Assistance operations must be carried out as efficiently as possible especially when lives are at stake.

Batteries and all portable devices on board the vehicle must be constantly charged to avoid any failure, which actively demonstrates that the vehicle must always have access to a power supply. Devices that are installed on the vehicle body must be resistant to poor weather, cleaning; and electrical installations must be resistant to repetitive connections and handling.


What if connecting your vehicle fleet became easier?

MARECHAL® used its experience of 70 years, and is continually engaged in innovation to provide you with tailor-made solutions that are adapted to your needs!

RETTBOX® S is the best-in-class industrial socket-outlet with automatic self-ejection for light and medium duty vehicles. It is designed to power and charge all your electrical devices on-board. The socket-outlet is automatically ejected when the vehicle is started-up removing the risk of damage to the electrical installation. This is a real time saver and means that the rescuer does not have to check that all the devices are properly disconnected before setting off. A quick departure is ensured!

RETTBOX® S is particularly easy to install. Due to its compact design, it meets your space and design constraints and allows you to install it anywhere on the vehicle body. Many functions simplify its use and maintenance: easy single-hand connection, self-ejection or manual ejection, signal light, swivel-lid. The connector is equipped with a voltage detection light to confirm connection. A second light can also be ordered as an option for providing battery charging indication.

From a safety perspective, RETTBOX® S ensures no access to the live parts. Thanks to its design and manufacture with high-quality materials and its robustness, RETTBOX® S has excellent electrical isolation and resistance to impacts (IK08), UVs and temperature variations (-40°C/+60°C). Its rounded corners avoid impact damage or injuries during handling. The load-breaking capacity is due to the unique MARECHAL® butt contacts technology, with no corrosion phenomena and which allows better conductivity and lower current consumption due to very low temperature rise during operation. This ensures safety and makes everyday life easier for equipment users!


Install an efficient and competitive solution that allows you to be prepared for any emergency!


1 Source : 2019 – French survey (Statistiques des services d´incendies et de secours – étude de la DGSCGC)

2 Source : 2017 – French survey (Chambre Nationale des Services d´Ambulances)