Crawley gets £280,000 fire engine

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A Crawley fire engine has been replaced with a state-of-the-art appliance.

Crawley Fire Station’s road collision specialist vehicle has been replaced with a new £280,000 P320-CP31 Scania.

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Adrian Murphy, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager for Operations, said: “We’re excited to introduce this upgraded appliance into our fleet. It will certainly enhance our firefighting capability in Crawley and the surrounding areas.

“This ongoing investment into our operational equipment and appliances means that we are well placed to meet modern firefighting challenges and to continue to deliver a first class emergency service to the public.”

The Scania has a larger water tank and more powerful hose reels than its predecessor, the Water Tender Ladder.

It has a compressed air foam system (CAFS) which can quickly suppress a range of fires.

A fire spokesman said the CAFS and increased pumping capacity will reduce property and environmental damage, improve firefighter safety and be cheaper to run.

David Barling, cabinet member for Residents’ Services, added: “Our Fire and Rescue Service plays an important part in making West Sussex a safer place for everyone. This impressive new appliance and the on-going investment into their operational fleet demonstrate a clear commitment to deliver that service even more effectively.”

Crawley’s new appliance is the second of five new hi-tech Scanias being introduced across the Service. Midhurst’s new fire engine joined the fleet in May with Fire Stations at Worthing, Chichester and Horsham now expected to take delivery of their upgraded Scanias in the coming weeks.

In the past 12 months the Service has also invested in firefighting at height with a new Aerial Ladder Platform and enhanced its adverse-weather response with an all-wheel drive Unimog. Plans to upgrade the Service’s off-road capability over the coming months are also progressing.

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