A new fire and rescue vehicle is going operational at Cannock Community Fire Station this weekend.
"On the Chase we get a lot of woodland fires and animal rescues and so this vehicle has been designed specifically to deal with these types of incidents."
Cannock Station Manager, Ian Broadhead
The new Unimog appliance is an all-terrain vehicle designed to deal with woodland fires and animal rescues. The vehicle carries 2000 litres of water, 100 litres of firefighting foam and can travel through water over a metre deep.
Cannock Station Manager, Ian Broadhead said: “On the Chase we get a lot of woodland fires and animal rescues and so this vehicle has been designed specifically to deal with these types of incidents. It can get to areas that a normal fire engine wouldn’t be able to get to and also carries equipment specifically for dealing with animal rescues.
“The crew are really pleased with the new vehicle; they have been doing lots of technical training on the vehicle and the equipment. They have taken the vehicle onto the Chase to see how they can use it to deal with grass fires and have been practising animal rescue techniques on a mechanical horse.
“It’s been based at Cannock due to the close proximity to the Chase but it can actually be sent to incidents across the county. It’s a great addition to our fleet and will certainly improve the emergency response we can offer to certain types of incidents.”
“The Unimog will replace a Landrover that was previously based at the station. The additional equipment that the Unimog has will certainly enhance our rescue capability.”
10 firefighters have been trained to use the new vehicle which goes operational on Sunday 29th April.