March and Chatteris will be among the first on-call fire crews in more than three decades to receive brand new fire engines.
The new £240,000 appliances, called light rescue pumps, will become operational in July and will provide an enhanced service to our rural community.
The rescue pumps look very similar to traditional fire engines, carrying 1,800 litres of water and a variety of ladders, but also hold additional equipment that provides an enhanced rescue capability for road traffic collisions.
Area Commander Maurice Moore said: “This is the first time in many years that we’ve been in a position to offer the best available appliances to our on-call staff and this is thanks to our progressive approach to managing our resources and making efficient savings.
“Providing this cutting-edge equipment, appliances and training for our staff shows our dedication to continue to strive and develop and in turn, means the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will receive the best fire cover we can offer.”
The light rescue pumps provide the on-call crews with new pieces of kit to assist with road traffic collisions and rescues, which include air mats, rams, specialist stabilising equipment, an electrically operated vehicle-mounted winch and a HGV platform.
The fire engine going to March will also carry additional in-water equipment to assist with flood rescue, as the crews often get called to these kind of incidents. The Ramsey engine will also have this.
Group Commander Gary Mitchley, responsible for the county’s on-call stations, added: “The investment in these new appliances and equipment for our on-call stations and personnel will, when responding to operational incidents, enhance the delivery of services to the communities they serve.”
The light rescue pumps are already in operation at Whittlesey, Yaxley and St Ives and the remaining ones will go to Sawston, Cottenham, Soham and Ramsey.