New fire engine goes into service at Olney

Tue 23 May, 2017

This is the new fire engine at Olney Fire Station, which started active service today. The three-litre, four-wheel drive, seven-tonne vehicle can carry 1,000 litres of water and pump up to 1,500 litres of water a minute.

Fully equipped, it cost around £160,000. Equipment includes the latest battery-powered hydraulic rescue gear, breathing apparatus, a nine-metre triple extension ladder and a defibrillator.

Station Commander Andy Maloney said: "This represents a significant investment in the safety of both the public and our fire crews by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority.

"The new vehicle has the added capability of four-wheel drive, which can be utilised for those ‘hard to get to’ places.

"As it is smaller than a conventional fire engine it means navigating narrow village roads will also be easier."

The new fire engine was supplied by Emergency One (UK) Ltd. It is based on an Iveco Daily cab and chassis and has a Godiva KP2 pump.

It officially went "on the run" this morning, following the completion of training by the firefighters who will crew it.

The vehicle it replaces - a 26-tonne water tanker - is now based at Bletchley Fire Station.