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New fleet of fire engines heading to Bedfordshire

The new fleet of fire appliances will be in service in Bedfordshire within weeks Photo: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Residents in Bedfordshire will soon see new custom-built fire appliances in action in the county as part of a joint initiative with Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

The new fleet is being provided as part of a £2million contract with suppliers Angloco. In all ten new appliances will be supplied to Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The first six of these will be deployed at Kempston, Dunstable and Luton Community Fire Stations, two at each.

The new appliances include new specialist rescue equipment, pumps and hoses that means they can be deployed at a wide variety of incidents, from house fires to complex rescues including road traffic collisions.

Some of the equipment housed in the new state-of-the-art appliances Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

“These vehicles are a much needed and extremely useful addition to both Services’ fleet.

"This is a great example of collaborative working, not just between ourselves and Essex but with all the regional Fire and Rescue Services.

– Paul Fuller, Chief Fire Officer at Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
The Chief Fire Officers of Bedfordshire and Essex take delivery of the new engines Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

“These appliances have been designed to meet the demands of a modern fire and rescue service.

"Their flexibility reflects the wide range of work our crews carry out and they provide an excellent response capability which can deal with a huge range of incidents and emergencies.”

– Adam Eckley, Chief Fire Officer at Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
Four of the new appliances Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

The new appliances were built after consultation with the six Eastern Region fire services, each contributing their own improvements and ideas to make firefighting more effective and safer for Bedfordshire’s firefighters.