Firefighters in Suffolk take delivery of new equipment to replace outdated front-line kit
Suffolk Fire and Rescue service unveiled new front-line fire engines at its Ipswich East station earlier today.
It also showed off a selection of other new equipment being put into service imminently.
A pair of new, compact appliances have been brought into service which are two tonnes lighter than normal fire vehicles and more suited to accessing urban and rural locations where space can be limited.
Also helping out away from Suffolk’s large towns will be a new water carrier.
Among the other new acquisitions, some of which have been part funded by other groups, are 15 positive pressure ventilation fans for clearing smoke-filled buildings, more than 50 thermal imaging cameras and pumps which will both supply fire engines and clear water from flooded buildings.
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A firebike, which will be used to promote motorcycle safety, was funded by the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club and the Environment Agency contributed £25,000 to a new operational support unit.
Mark Hardingham, chief fire officer at Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said: “The new equipment will in some cases replace existing outdated kit, and in others provide new capabilities which will enhance the fire service’s capability to fight fire, respond to emergencies and educate our community.”
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