Bedfordshire Fire chooses Scania Crew Cab for Special Rescue Unit
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) is blazing the trail with the launch of their new bespoke, state of the art Special Rescue Unit.
Bedfordshire over the years, has found itself increasingly called upon to attend a wide variety of non-fire rescues known as ‘Special Services’. These may include Road Traffic Collisions, transport, industrial and large animal incidents. The authority recognised that there was a need to replace the previous Rescue unit with a Specialist Rescue Unit (SRU) specifically designed to deal with the growing and unpredictable range of incidents. A bespoke SRU was needed that could be mobilised to complicated or complex rescues where the equipment normally carried on a Rescue Pump is not sufficient.
The development of the new vehicle was undertaken by a service working group in close partnership with John Dennis Coach Builders and numerous other suppliers of technical rescue equipment including local Scania Dealer, TruckEast, TH White and Bushey Hall Ltd. The new unit is based on a Scania P360DB6x2*4 CP28 crew cab; an ergonimically designed cab to enable crews to work quickly, effectively and safely.
“Following a longstanding relationship with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue since 2002, TruckEast is delighted to have supported them with the supply of a Scania crew cab for their new Specialist Rescue Unit.”
With previous SRU’s, this vehicle is purpose built with the latest state-of-the-art equipment to meet today’s gruelling demands. These include heavy rescue cutting and spreading hydraulic equipment, specialist animal rescue equipment, air and electric power tools, water rescue paths and low pressure air mats.
Group Comander, Andy Draper, Technical and Workshops, says: “This has been a real team effort and product of an effective partnership working. Our team knew through experience what we needed and how they wanted it to be designed. Our partners provided the expertise to take our requirements and put them into this fantastic new vehicle, the latest in this list of long serving and reliable vehicles that have played such an important part in the safety of people in Bedfordshire.”
David Hall, Director, TruckEast, comments: “Following a longstanding relationship with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue since 2002, TruckEast is delighted to have supported them with the supply of a Scania crew cab for their new Specialist Rescue Unit and we look forward to our continued partnership with them on future projects.”
The new SRU took three years from inception to completion and has an expected life span of more than 20 years.