​Northumberland FRS welcomes new fire appliances into its fleet

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is committed to providing the best possible vehicles and equipment to enable personnel to effectively and efficiently respond to emergency incidents which occur within the county. To further improve the service, NFRS have recently introduced two new fire engines to their fleet of operational response vehicles.
 
The two new vehicles have been placed on the run at Seahouses and Pegswood community fire stations.

The recent investment by Northumberland County Council will see the NFRS fleet benefit from two new environmentally friendly Volvo FL 42R vehicles featuring automatic snow chains to enhance the traction of the appliance on ice and snow, 9 metre ladders which can be used by a crew of 3 and are more maneuverable and easier to use in confined places, enhanced interior crew cab design with greater space for the stowage of equipment and newly designed single crew cab seats with integrated BA sets and 3-point seat belts built into the seat. The engines also feature 360 HD Infrared CCTV with voice recording and data logging for enhanced crew protection.
 
The new fire engines also have a host of new features which include; digitalised pump bay controls for main water delivery & hose reels, remote systems monitoring and lighting controls and improved hose reel technology. Available technology is being maximised to improve the speed at which crews can be deployed to fire situations, whilst also increasing crew safety. An additional advantage of the new vehicles is that they are less expensive to purchase and to maintain than the traditional fleet. 

Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue said: “The new fire engines are a fantastic enhancement to our operational fleet and provide our crews with a more flexible, efficient and operationally effective appliance for use when attending incidents. We are always looking to introduce technological improvements to improve our ability to better deal with emergencies and to improve the safety of our firefighters. These new engines do just that.”
 
Cllr John Riddle, Fire Authority Chair, said: “These new fire engines demonstrate the ongoing investment and commitment that the County Council is making, equipping our firefighters with some of the best kit available, assisting them in providing a first class service to our communities. It is great to see that the new vehicles have better technology, enhance firefighter safety, provide better value for money and are more environmentally friendly than our existing fleet. I’m really pleased that the feedback from operational personnel has been very positive.”
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