RDS/New Technology

 

Are smaller appliances a less capable resource?

They are a proven capability deployed by Services across the UK and around the world.

They deliver significant capability in a more agile vehicle and allow us to more efficiently deliver elements of our service that currently rely on large, inflexible fire appliances. They will combine with traditional appliances to provide a more effective and efficient resource.

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You have resisted crewing with three on RDS, why the change?

Our priority is the safety of the public and firefighters. Only by looking at a fully integrated transformation plan can we deliver a more flexible but safe approach. By introducing new vehicles, new technology and more flexible working patterns are now able to deliver a service that better meets the needs of our rural communities.

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Are the new appliances just for RDS stations?


We are initially introducing 30 across RDS stations as this is where the need is greatest. We will also be looking at how they can be introduced into targeted wholetime stations, where they will combine with traditional appliances to offer greater flexibility and efficiency. They should be viewed simply as another tool in the tool box.

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Are Ultra High Pressure Lances as safe as traditional firefighting?

For the appropriate incident, they can be safer. They do not require us to commit firefighters to a building and suppress temperatures much more quickly than traditional methods. Combining lances with traditional approaches allows us to respond more quickly in the early stages of a fire. They are not a replacement for traditional firefighting – firefighters will all remain trained in the use of BA and entering buildings to fight fires – they are simply another tool in the tool box.

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