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Ref: FOI/17117


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 5th November 2017.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


I am writing about the use of smaller firefighting vehicles. I understand that West Midlands Fire Service operates a number of smaller vehicles which include Toyota Hilux and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
I would like to know if these vehicles are still in service and if not the reasons why and have they been replaced.


Toyota Hilux and Mercedes-Benz are still in service


Also I would like to know who the vehicle conversion manufacturer was.


Toyota Hilux BRV’s – Pick Up Systems Ltd

Mercedes-Benz – Tech Rescue- by JDC Ltd

Mercedes Benz – Detection, Investigate and Monitor (DIM) – Bott Ltd

Mercedes Benz Support standard no modifications


How many firefighters crew these vehicles


Toyota Hilux (BRV) – 3

Mercedes -Benz Support Vehicle – 1 to maximum recommended by manufacture.

Mercedes Benz Tech Rescue Vehicle – 1 to 6 depending on incident

Mercedes Benz Detection, Investigate and Monitor (DIM) – 1 or 2 depending on type of incident.


What equipment they carry


Please see attached.

Equipment list 1.0 Download


What types of incidents they attend, the size of the area they cover.


We do not mobilise according to cover area but by time to get to an incident, (nearest appliance). Certain incidents that only require the attendance of a BRV i.e. bin fire require an attendance time of 20 minutes, AFA 10 minutes, therefore the nearest BRV will be mobilised.

BRVs attend all types of incidents either alone or in support of a PRL except the below;

  • Motorways
  • Aircraft Incidents
  • Civil Disturbances
  • All Haz Mats incidents including Radiation and COMAH sites
  • Lift Incidents
  • Large Animal Incidents
  • Chimney Fires
  • Railway Incidents inc Midland Metro
  • Water Relay.

Mercedes Benz – Tech Rescue.

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) are mobilised to the following incidents:

Open area search

Collapsed structures

Water rescue/flood rescue

Rope rescue

Large animal rescue

Bariatric rescue


Heavy vehicle rescue

Body recovery

Confined space

Mercedes Benz – DIM

Haz Mats incidents only.

Mercedes Benz – Support

Used for general support duties.


If they suffered any problems which took them out of service, what were the problems.


We are not aware of any specific re-occurring problem. If we was to check each vehicle record that would exceed the appropriate limit for the request and therefore attached a fee notice for consideration, if you would like list of problems which took the vehicles out of service.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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