The Service already has five LRP’s which are based at a number of retained stations across the County and have been serving the local communities for over 18 months. The new addition now means that one third of Warwickshire’s fire engines are Euro 6 emissions compliant.
The new vehicles look very similar to traditional fire engines and perform the same role; however the light rescue pumps are lighter, smaller and more efficient than a traditional fire engine.
Four of the new LRP’s will be located at wholetime stations in Leamington, Gaydon, Nuneaton and Rugby and will have significant benefits for a range of incidents, but in particular, for road traffic collisions as they carry more powerful battery powered cutting equipment.
Talking about the arrival of the new appliances, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Rob Moyney said:
“The Light Rescue Pumps are a welcomed addition to our fleet of emergency response vehicles. They particularly meet our needs around operational response and are able to deal with some of the difficulties we have accessing streets that are narrow or blocked with parked cars.
“As they are smaller than the standard fire appliance, they have greater manoeuvrability and are more cost effective. The LRP’s deliver the very latest in technology and equipment which enables our firefighters to resolve incidents quicker and safer. Further benefits are that these appliances are much more fuel efficient, produce lower levels of CO2 and we believe that due to their smaller dimensions and better manoeuvrability, that they will assist us to improve our emergency response times.
Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor John Horner said:
“Investing in new vehicles is essential to managing risk in the county. I commend the fire service on making a further investment with the new and improved Light Rescue Pumps. As well as being smaller than the standard appliance, the vehicles also contain the most up to date equipment and systems, which mean that they will enhance the Service’s capability to get to incidents more quickly and are fully equipped to deal with any type of incident.”
Cllr Matt Western, Chair of the Resources and Fire and Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added:
“Any investment in new vehicles and equipment is always welcome. The new vehicles are very impressive, they carry with them the very latest in road traffic collision cutting equipment and are smaller than the standard appliance. I look forward to seeing them in action in and around the county and trust they will be a valid addition to the fleet.”
For more information on Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue