Fire service inject £2.2million to tackle fires

PUBLISHED: 11:01 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:15 17 June 2010

DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has announced a £2.2 million investment in its fleet of appliances. The Service is to purchase five new high-reach appliances at a cost of £432,000 each to replace existing appliances which are approaching the end o

DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has announced a £2.2 million investment in its fleet of appliances.

The Service is to purchase five new high-reach appliances at a cost of £432,000 each to replace existing appliances which are approaching the end of their life-cycle. The new hydraulic platforms are due to be delivered commencing in the first quarter of 2010.

Cllr Bernard Hughes, Chairman of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority, said: "This represents a significant investment in our vehicle fleet and will ensure that our firefighters have the latest specialist equipment to fight fires at height."

The hydraulic platforms will allow firefighters to work from a height of 34 metres, which is six metres higher than the current aerial appliances. They encompass the latest technology, including dial-up diagnostics on the platform which allows engineers to find faults quickly from a remote location.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Neil Gibbins said: "It is an exciting project and represents the largest capital investment made by the combined Service to date. I am grateful to fire authority members for their support which has enabled us to proceed with the contract."

The Service currently has eight aerial appliances based at Camel's Head and Crownhill, Plymouth; Exeter; Torquay; Barnstaple; Taunton, Bridgwater and Yeovil. The new vehicles will replace three of the aerial appliances based in Devon and two in Somerset.

The Service engaged with representative bodies and its internal group of fire officers in charge of operations before deciding on the vehicle specification. The vehicles were purchased as part of the Firebuy national framework contract.


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