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6/7/2012 - New appliance for Shap Fire Station

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Firefighters in Shap will be equipped with a new weapon in their armoury when the village fire station is handed the keys to a state-of-the-art vehicle.

The station is taking delivery of an 8.2 tonne four-wheel-drive Mercedes Vario which will boost firefighting and rescue capabilities.

Shap fire station covers some hard to reach areas and this, alongside rural Cumbriaís severe weather conditions, mean it can make access difficult for larger appliances.

So to enhance its capabilities in rural areas, Cumbria County Councilís Fire and Rescue Service has been equipping stations with this new type of more mobile vehicle.

Cumbriaís Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison and Councillor Gary Strong, Cumbria County Councilís cabinet member for community safety and local services, will be at Shap fire station at 5pm on Wednesday 18 July to hand over the keys to the Shap crew.

The Mercedes Vario is fully kitted out with all the equipment required to deal with any incident Shap may attend - including full rescue equipment for use at road traffic collisions.

Itís also equipped with CAFS - a foam bubble generating device that adds Compressed Air to Class "A" Foam liquid concentrate and water. This makes the solution more effective in the use for fire control.

As well as Shap, six other stations in Cumbria are now equipped with Mercedes Varios - Ambleside, Coniston, Bootle, Keswick, Sedbergh and Patterdale.

The need for a vehicle with improved manoeuvrability like the Mercedes Vario was made apparent during the floods of 2009 and the following severe winter with prolonged freezing temperatures making access to certain areas difficult.

Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison said: "The Mercedes Vario has really enhanced our firefighting and rescue capability in the rural areas of Cumbria so Iím delighted to be welcoming another one into our fleet at Shap.

"A lot of work went into researching, selecting and procuring the right vehicle and that work has paid off as the Vario has proved to be a big success and is popular with our crews.Ē


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