In March 2019 the Service introduced new fire engines to its fleet. A total of eleven Rosenbauer Advanced Technology (AT) fire engines have been procured by an in-house project team. The first five fire engines are to be placed at Hanley, Longton, Burton, Cannock and Lichfield Community Fire Stations with the fire engines going ‘on-the-run’ after an extensive training process. The remaining six will be placed at Leek, Sandyford, Tamworth, Newcastle, Stafford and Penkridge with ‘on the run’ dates planned for later this year.
Our firefighters will be getting to grips with a high-end NH25 pump, accessed by a lift up glass panel which provides the pump operator with lighting and protection from the elements. The Rosenbauer ATs benefit from some very smart stowage solutions which have allowed the project team to locate equipment in the best possible positions.
The lockers are accessed by drop down steps which improve manual handling and allow for the use of all the available space. Pantographs (expanding metal linkages) are used for the more frequently accessed equipment, such as the battery-powered cutting equipment, branches and breaking-in tools.
The removal of tilt trays allows for space to be used more efficiently and although these appliances are based on a 16-tonne chassis the equipment stowed on them is a definite enhancement to what has been supplied in the past.
The fire engines will be deployed at Hanley, Longton, Burton, Cannock, Lichfield, Leek, Sandyford, Tamworth, Newcastle, Stafford and Penkridge.
This covers all nine whole time shift stations plus the two day crewed stations and one on-call station.
The new appliances realise a saving of £30,000 each when compared to our last purchase in 2012.
A rigorous testing and inspection process has been undertaken by the Service’s Emergency Response Team and Joint Emergency Transport Service in conjunction with the Fire Brigades Union and Learning and Development (L&D) department. Ten Rosenbauer qualified instructors will be rolling out training across the county with colleagues from L&D.
As the first vehicle of its type in the UK the vehicle has been tested at the Vehicle Certification Agency test centre at Millbrook to ensure that it conforms to BS EN 1846-2 2009 Firefighting and rescue service vehicles.
Our appliances are fitted with Euro 6 engines which meet the latest Euro emissions standards. This means they are a huge leap towards cleaner transportation and have a reduced impact on the environment. Power and fuel-efficiency are on par with Euro 5 models, but particulate emissions and oxides of nitrogen have been greatly reduced.