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Cambridgeshire Firefighters will have more life-saving rescue equipment on their 'first away engines' following the introduction of six new state of the art Rescue Pumps.
The Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service today (Thursday March 7th) unveiled its six new Rescue Pumps - to be strategically distributed across the county's fleet over the coming weeks.
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The new vehicles are designed to provide an 'enhanced rescue response capability' over that currently carried on standard fire engines.
Cambridge, Dogsthorpe, Huntingdon, Wisbech, Ely and St Neots will each receive a new Rescue Pump as an upgrade to one of the stations' existing fire engines. All six will be operating at stations by the end of May.
Councillor Fred Brown, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, said: "The upgraded fire engines will enable a quicker and better level of response to the most serious road traffic collisions and water rescues.
"These new fire engines will ensure that crews first in attendance at incidents, have the equipment they need to hand, rather than having to rely on support vehicles.
"This investment is part of our Service Improvement Programme. To ensure tax payers get the best possible service and value for money, we will be concentrating on improving how our services are delivered and our existing infrastructure."
Enhanced rescue equipment on board the new Rescue Pumps, which is not currently carried on standard fire engines, includes vehicle mounted winches to help at road traffic collisions and equipment to assist firefighters dealing with heavy goods vehicles. This is particularly important for Service capabilities covering the A14 and A1.
New tools are also provided to improve firefighters' efficiency at incidents on the railways and a water sled will give crews a quicker method of getting to work at water rescue incidents.
Each rescue pump cost £235,000 and will replace an existing fire engine at each of the six stations, which will still be available for use and deployed throughout the Service's existing fire fighting fleet.
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