Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Shining stars of fire service fleet are right up our street

Six shiny new fire and rescue vehicles have arrived in the county.

Six new fire and rescue vehicles are unveiled at Gloucester Cathedral to firefighters and members of Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet

Three Scania fire engines for urban use, two MAN engines for rural use and a Special Incident Support Unit have been bought with £1.4 million of central Government funding.

The new vehicles will enable Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) to maintain an up-to-date fleet while meeting the various needs of emergency teams in the county.

The appliances will be placed at fire stations across Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham, Stroud, Tetbury, Wotton-under-Edge and two at Gloucester. They will replace slightly older vehicles, which will be rotated to ensure GFRS gets the maximum length of service from the fleet and taxpayers get the best value for money from the service.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall and leader of Gloucestershire County Council Cllr Mark Hawthorne with one of the new appliances

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "A modern, state-of-the-art fire service such as ours demands the latest equipment. I'm delighted that these new vehicles are going to be introduced straight into the fleet, ready to respond to any emergency as it comes."

"We were one of the first fire and rescue services in the country to make significant efficiency savings and we will continue to set the standard by ensuring we get the most out of these new appliances."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Here in Gloucestershire we've been quick to find ways to save the service money without affecting the quality of the emergency response taxpayers can expect."

"This influx of new vehicles is testament to the fact that the county's fire service is working hard to operate effectively on a challenging budget"

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Six new fire and rescue vehicles are unveiled at Gloucester Cathedral to firefighters and members of Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet

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Notes to Editors:

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Issued by:Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425226

10th July 2013