New rescue vehicle for the fire service

The new purpose built, specialist rescue unit vehicle.
The new purpose built, specialist rescue unit vehicle.

A PURPOSE built specialist rescue unit vehicle has been secured by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service to strengthen emergency response in the county.

The vehicle has been specially designed to carry a range of equipment to help fire crews safely recover casualties as well as conduct specialist rescues from buildings, sewers and trenches.

On board there is a platform designed for all rescue work that requires elevated access, various lighting options to operate in difficult conditions as well as is a range of the latest heavy duty cutting equipment.

Already the vehicle has been used in ten serious incidents including road traffic collisions involving heavy goods vehicles and a building collapse.

Equipment was vital when the unit was deployed during the rescue of a man trapped in sand dunes at Druridge Bay, where officers were able to stabilise the collapsed dune and save the man’s life.

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett said: “We have been involved with the careful planning and design of this vehicle since the project was first scoped and we are very pleased with the result.

“The specialist response unit is a highly adaptable tool that we can use to respond quickly and efficiently to a whole range of serious incidents.

“Our officers have already demonstrated the invaluable capabilities of the unit during recent incidents where lives have been saved.”

Coun Anita Romer said: “Equipped with the latest devices it will help crews carry out the vital work they do responding to serious incidents in Northumberland.”