UK department tries mini-pump alternative

Fire department made in-house modifications to an existing pump to speed response time to some incidents

The Western Morning News 

PLYMOUTH, U.K. — A pioneering mini fire engine, assembled in-house by a fire service, went on show for the first time yesterday.

The Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) pump is smaller and lighter than conventional appliances and if trials of several light rescue pumps now under way are successful a significant number could be brought into service across the two counties, with a likely jobs boost for the fire service workshops at Wellington where the new vehicles are being built. A number of fire services and other operators may also show interest. The pumps, adapted from Mitsubishi Canter appliances, are still under construction but one was on show at the South West Equipment and Appliance Roadshow, at the DSFRS headquarters in Exeter. Ally MacDonald, response support manager for DSFRS, said: "Evidence suggests that in some rural locations, the light rescue pumps can get to an incident quicker than a larger, standard fire appliance."

An additional advantage is that light rescue pumps are cheaper to buy and operate, more fuel efficient and have less of an impact on the environment than standard fire appliances. Assembling the vehicles in-house potentially produces additional cost savings and allows the vehicles to be built to the exact specification the service requires.

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