New Rescue Equipment for Firefighters
Last year Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) attended 659* road traffic collisions (RTCs). Firefighters are usually called to more serious RTCs when someone is thought to be trapped in their vehicle or where the vehicle itself may be in a precarious position.
HWFRS has now upgraded two fire engines, so that they can provide ‘Ultra Heavy Rescue’ support for fire crews. The new vehicles, which are based at Droitwich and Hereford Fire Stations, can help to lift, cut or move heavy or large vehicles using state-of-the-art equipment on board.
Area Commander Jon Pryce, head of operations for HWFRS, said these vehicles provide extra protection for people living in the two counties.
“We are very fortunate to have excellent equipment in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to assist us at road traffic collisions and this investment will help us to try and save more lives,” he said. “This specialist equipment will help our crews when they attend incidents involving lorries, heavy machinery and even trains if necessary.
“Whilst we continue to ensure our funding is used efficiently, we will always try to enhance our equipment where possible so that we can offer the best response we can. For us community and firefighter safety is our number one priority.”
All Firefighters continue to train in the latest rescue techniques to ensure casualties can be treated quickly by paramedics following a serious collision. At Droitwich and Hereford the staff have additionally received an extensive programme of advanced training to support the use of the new Ultra Heavy Rescue fire engines. The rescue equipment, which was previously used by crews at Droitwich and Hereford Fire Stations, will now be used by firefighters at Leintwardine and Ewyas Harold – strengthening their ability to deal with serious RTCs in more rural areas.
A new Incident Support Vehicle will also be based at Droitwich Fire Station but can be called to incidents across both counties. This will provide increased support and equipment for Firefighters at all types of incidents around both counties.