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12/10/2012 - New fire appliances for Carlisle and Barrow

Firefighters in Carlisle and Barrow will be equipped with new state-of-the-art vehicles to add to their fleet collection.

Carlisle East and Barrow Fire Stations are taking delivery of Volvo-built fire appliances to boost firefighting and rescue capabilities.

Councillor Gary Strong, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for community safety and local services, will be at Carlisle East Fire Station at 2.30pm on Tuesday 16 October to hand over the keys to the crew.

These will be the first appliances in Cumbria to have an automatic gearbox, a full size crew cab to seat six firefighters and have 360 degree CCTV which has the ability to screen live streaming from incidents to a command centre, if required, as well as providing crew safety.

The appliances are fitted with a Godiva 'World series' 4010 pump which has the ability to pump up to 4000 litres a minute - this is almost double the capacity of the existing appliances. They are also equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) which gives firefighters the capability to deal with incidents using much less water or be utilised where water is in short supply.

Included in the vast range of specialist equipment on the vehicles are Holmatro Rescue Equipment (Jaws of Life) and a Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) fan which blows fresh air into a building and removes smoke.

Cllr Gary Strong said: "These vehicles will really enhance our firefighting and rescue capability and make a great addition to our existing fleet. I'm delighted to be welcoming them into our collection here in Carlisle and Barrow.

"A lot of work went into researching, selecting and procuring the right vehicle and I'm sure they will be popular with our crews."

For more information contact Kate Stark on 01228 226603 or email

For general enquiries to Cumbria County Council's communications team contact or call 01228 226338/ 221008/ 226601