'Slimline' fire engine a new addition for Swanscombe's firefighters
PUBLISHED: 09:29 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:29 27 June 2016
A lighter model has been brought in to use
Fire crews in Swanscombe will be rushing to emergencies in a new-look fire engine in the coming months.
The station’s new addition weighs 12-tonnes, six less than its predecessor but still packed with a range of specialist equipment.
Lighter, narrower and more maneuverable, the new engine is one of 29 being issued across the county, providing better fuel efficiency and costing £50,000 less than existing models.
Watch manager at Swanscombe fire station, John Allwright, said: “It benefits from a compressed air foam system (Cafs) which uses only a small amount of water to quickly and effectively suppress a wide range of fires.
“It holds the same amount of water as the more traditionally sized engines but has a larger capacity hose allowing a higher volume of water to pass through so we can tackle fire more effectively.
“It also has the added benefit of the latest fire-fighting technology - fog spike - which is used to punch holes into a structure to deliver water inside of compartments, creating a super-fine misting effect that can dramatically reduce the temperature and spread of a fire.”
Over the coming months, firefighters will be trained on how to use the new engines as they go into general use.
Mr Allwright added: “As firefighters we never know what emergency we will be called to next, it could be a house fire, a car crash or someone having a heart attack or other medical emergency.
“This new fire engine with its latest technology, defibrillators and first aid equipment, will help us deal with all of those emergencies.”