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New vehicles introduced to the frontline in the fight against wildfires

May 29 2020

Fire crews tackling wildfires across Staffordshire can now make the most of new equipment after the fire and rescue service made some additions to its fleet.

 

We’re very happy to add these vehicles to our fleet and they’ll benefit the service by providing additional capability for crews at a range of incidents.

Watch Manager Matt Melland

Two new vehicles – which are now fully operational after training was delivered to front line crews – have been brought in following work looking into the lessons learned as a result of the devastating wildfires across the Staffordshire Moorlands in 2018.

 

The Ford Ranger Wildfire vehicles are based at our stations in Brewood and Longton and will be crewed by on call personnel attending fires on grassland, moorland and in the county’s more rural areas.

 

Each 4x4 boasts a misting pump – costing around £5,000 and holding 350 litres of water - a 50m high pressure hose, eight lengths of 25mm hose and other equipment needed to tackle these types of fires.

 

Both vehicles were funded by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue – with the additional equipment attached to redeployed Ford Rangers already owned by the service.

 

Watch Manager Matt Melland says: “We’re very happy to add these vehicles to our fleet and they’ll benefit the service by providing additional capability for crews at a range of incidents.

 

“The high pressure misting pumps and 25mm hose combination allows our teams to work quickly and safely in difficult to reach terrain’’. 

 

“We hope these additions will help free up our front line appliances quicker and maintain key items of equipment like hose reel jets for primary fires – thus allowing us to do our job as efficiently and effectively as possible.”