New fire en­gines for Ar­gyll and

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Kilmelford, Craignure, Mi­nard, Gare­lochhead and Port Char­lotte fire sta­tions are to re­ceive new £195,000 rapid re­sponse units con­tain­ing the lat­est fire­fight­ing equip­ment.

One of the new, smaller fire ap­pli­ances will be sta­tioned in Mi­nard vil­lage from next year. It will re­place the tra­di­tional ve­hi­cle cur­rently based there.

The new ve­hi­cle fea­tures an ul­tra-high pres­sure lance sys­tem that al­lows fire­fight­ers to at­tack a blaze from out­side a build­ing, a pos­i­tive pres­sure ven­ti­la­tion fan to al­low faster ac­cess into a burn­ing prop­erty and a ther­mal im­age cam­era.

The be­spoke ap­pli­ances can carry up to four fire­fight­ers, are more ag­ile than their tra­di­tional coun­ter­parts and have been de­signed to meet the needs of Scot­land’s ru­ral ar­eas.

Paul Devlin, Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s lo­cal se­nior of­fi­cer for Ar­gyll and Bute and East and West Dum­bar­ton, said: ‘This tech­nol­ogy is fast, ef­fi­cient and proven. With it our crews can be­gin fire­fight­ing within sec­onds of ar­rival by cut­ting straight to the heart of the flames. Com­bined with this new state-of-the art ap­pli­ance, our re­tained and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers will be able to re­spond quickly and de­ci­sively to keep sav­ing lives in Ar­gyll and Bute.

‘But, cru­cially, we will be able to fight many fires with­out putting our fire­fight­ers’ lives in dan­ger by send­ing them into a burn­ing build­ing. Our re­tained and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers are ab­so­lutely ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing their com­mu­ni­ties and we are arm­ing them with the right tools to do just that.’

Mem­bers of Ar­gyll and Bute’s Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Com­mit­tee were given a walk round of the unit and shown the equip­ment on board.

Coun­cil­lor Anne Horn said: ‘Fire­fight­ing and fire safety is chang­ing.

‘New, im­proved tech­nol­ogy is con­tin­u­ing to be de­vel­oped and this is an­other step along that road. This is a new ap­pli­ance and the kit on it is ex­cel­lent.

‘It gives fire­fight­ers a lot of flex­i­bil­ity and it can only en­hance fire safety in Ar­gyll and Bute.’

Coun­cil­lor Anne Horn and lo­cal se­nior of­fi­cer for Ar­gyll and Bute Paul Devlin.

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