First new appliances arrive in Aberdeen

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The new pumps are part of SFRS's £3.8 million investment in its fleet across Scotland

New Appliances Aberdeen 

Caption: (Left to right) Crew Manager Jill Robertson, Firefighters Andy Ward, Graham Taylor and Scott MacRory

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) unveiled the first of its new 16-strong fleet of vehicles in Aberdeen today (22 April 2014).

Two of the 16 vehicles will be housed at the North Anderson Drive station and are part of a major investment in fleet across Scotland.

Director of Service Delivery in the North, Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott, said the new vehicles form part of a £3.8million investment by the service.

He said: “These new appliances we are unveiling today are state-of-the-art and will further enhance service delivery in and around Aberdeen and beyond.

“These vehicles are equipped to a high specification and geared towards meeting the current and future needs of our communities.”

As the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is a national organisation, appliances will form part of a national fleet asset, to be deployed across Scotland to meet demand or as part of the service’s existing system of rotation and replacement.

The initial deployment will see appliances rolled out as follows:

Along with the two new appliances for Aberdeen city, there will be two in Inverness, two in Dunfermline, two in Kirkcaldy, one each for Alloa and Falkirk, one in Lockerbie, one each for Annan and Stranraer, one in Dumfries, one in Kingussie and one in Tain.

The new city appliances are red as opposed to white, which was the colour adopted by the legacy Grampian Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Scott said: “It is the service’s intention to standardise the colour of fire appliances, which over time, will mean our fleet across Scotland will be red.”

“As we are now a national service, delivering high quality fire and rescue services to our communities, it is important that our fleet reflects that unity.”

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