Brigade Response Vehicle
WMFS continues to seek improvement in the services we offer to the community and is always looking for innovative advancements in our service in the areas of prevention and response.
We recognise that a more flexible and versatile set of vehicles, equipment and crewing levels will enable us to more closely match the demands and risk posed by an incident to the level of resource we use to respond. This is indicated by use of Targeted Response Vehicles within the Service over the last few years.
As a result of these initial trials we are in a position where we will start using these vehicles at a wider range of incidents.
The key aspects of these developments are:
- Gathering more information at point of call to determine the most suitable response to the incident. This will rely on the public providing us with the most accurate information when they need our help. If we cannot obtain the information required a response will still be sent based upon our current risk assessments. Should information be received from the caller that means our response levels should be increased this will continue to happen.
- The vehicles, equipment and staffing levels will be appropriate for the incident and our response will allow immediate action to be taken.
- We recognise that larger incidents are likely to have bigger demands and therefore will still receive a response made up of our current fire engines supported by our other vehicles.
- We will seek to maintain our current high levels of performance of our crews being in attendance at an incident within 5 minutes. By maintaining the number of vehicles in our fleet but adapting the type size and crewing levels enables these response times to be maintained. It is also possible that a rapid response may prevent an incident from escalating which improves our service level to the public.
- We have statistical evidence which demonstrates that a full sized fire engine and five crew members are not always needed to respond to incidents – particularly minor incidents, so it is more cost effective to have smaller appliances which can be staffed with smaller crews to respond to these types of incidents. These more agile vehicles may also enable us to respond to incidents in a faster time and make life saving interventions.
- The finance to enable this project was previously allocated to purchase new fire engines in line with the vehicle replacement programme; all these vehicles offer significant savings when compared to the cost of a fire engine.
Here are some pictures of the vehicles and kit you will be seeing out and about:-
This is a side view which shows some of the operational equipment carried by the vehicle including ladders, hose and uniform.
and this side shows Road Traffic Collision (RTC) cutting equipment, BA sets, with the pumping system at the back.