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'Slimline' fire engine a new addition for Swanscombe's firefighters

PUBLISHED: 09:29 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:29 27 June 2016

The new fire engines weigh 12 tonnes, are 2.36m wide, 3m high and 7m long. Picture - Kent Fire and Rescue Service

The new fire engines weigh 12 tonnes, are 2.36m wide, 3m high and 7m long. Picture - Kent Fire and Rescue Service

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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.”

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