Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service has received its first Scania fire appliance as part of a deal that will see 33 indentically-specced vehicles enter service in the county over the coming three years.
This is the first Scania to go into service in Lincolnshire. The Fire & Service Service is transitioning to the Swedish marque following a procurement tender process that resulted in Scania emerging as the most economically advantageous.
All the appliances are based on 320hp, 18t Scania P 320 4×2 chassis, and have been specced with Scania’s all-steel safety crew cab. The CP31 CrewCab model selected by Lincolnshire is the largest in the Scania crew cab range and accommodates six people plus stowage space for breathing apparatus and other safety equipment together with a comfortable spacious interior environment.
“We are delighted with the new Scania P-series,” said Dave Hopkins, group manager – resources for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. “In particular, the level of safety afforded by the cab, together with its build-quality and enhanced driver-space give us exactly what we were looking for.
“The vehicles will be spread around our retained fire stations throughout Lincolnshire, ensuring that we are able to provide both urban and rural communities with the same high level of service.”
Scania’s specialist sales manager – fire and airside, David Carter added: “These appliances represent the latest-generation of fire-fighting vehicles from Scania. Robustly constructed with safety as the top priority, our new P-series model was recently introduced following a comprehensive redesign. We wish the team at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue every success as they commission their new fleet, and I am confident they will go on to provide the county with many years of excellent service.”
The Pumping Appliance superstructure installed on the Scania chassis has been designed and manufactured by Yorkshire-based Angloco. Featuring an 1,800-litre water tank and 100-litre foam tank, each vehicle is equipped with two power take-offs, one driving the multi-pressure centrifugal main pump, rated up to 3,400 litres per minute at low pressure, the other powering an ultra-high pressure cutting extinguishing (UHPCE) system. Installed equipment includes two 54m length 22mm bore high pressure water hose reels, plus a dedicated reel for the UHPCE system. Additional equipment includes comprehensive stowage systems making optimum use of the maximised locker space, for a full inventory of four ladders plus full complement of firefighting and rescue equipment including specialist tools for road traffic collisions.
Alastair Brown, managing director of Angloco, said the company was “delighted” to be manufacturing the Scania appliances. “All three parties have built a great working relationship together to ensure the finished product is just what was expected.”