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15 state-of-the-art fire engines for Cornwall

15 state-of-the-art fire engines for Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 11:55am 28th February 2020. (Updated at 12:11pm 28th February 2020)

The first of 15 state-of-the-art new fire engines for Cornwall has hit the road in Truro.

It has the capacity to carry more water, new firefighting technology and reduced emissions to cut the carbon footprint.

A state of the art firefighting pump is among the new features carried on the engine.

There is also a lighter weight portable pump and positive pressure ventilation fan and increased hose reel diameters to assist compartment firefighting techniques.

Also on board are new Weber dedicated battery crash rescue tools, which are used to extract people from damaged vehicles following crashes.

The new engines also feature improved crew safety through collision avoidance and lane departure systems and a 360 degree reversing camera.

"We are delighted to be introducing this new model of fire engine to our fleet, which will meet the demands of a modern firefighter and keep them safe.

"Firefighters have been involved in the design and development of the new vehicle with our assets team from the start, as they are the ones who will be using them day in and day out to respond to everything from house fires, road traffic accidents and flooding to animal rescues and more.

"We are always looking at ways to improve our service. These new pumping appliances have compact dimensions, enhanced operational capabilities and improved equipment provision.

"They are equipped with the latest technology and design features, including measures to reduce our carbon footprint, all of which will enable us to be even more efficient and effective when responding to emergencies".

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Justin Sharp

The new engine is the first of 15 which will be rolled out across the service's community fire stations in the coming weeks.

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