New appliance arrives in Aberlour

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SFRS underlines its promise to invest across the service with the arrival of the new fire appliance in Speyside


SFRS's Regional Fleet Workshops Manager for the North, Tony Whyte hands over the keys to Watch Manager Derek Thomson as the crew look on

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service underlined its commitment to providing equitable access to services and equipment across the country by delivering a brand new appliance to retained crews in Aberlour, Speyside.

Regional Fleet Workshops Manager for the North, Tony Whyte, was in Aberlour recently to deliver the state-of-the-art Volvo appliance to firefighter Jimmy Tarling, the longest serving member of the crew, with over 30 years’ service.

Local Senior Officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire, David Rout, said: "I'm delighted to see the delivery of this new vehicle to Aberlour as it forms part of a £3.8million investment by the service into its fleet.

"The new vehicle is state-of-the-art and will further enhance service delivery in and around Aberlour and the wider Moray area.

"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.”

Watch Manager at Aberlour Derek Thomson said: “The appliance is perfect for this area as it is small enough to allow entry into some of the historic places on our fire ground such as Ballindalloch Castle, Aberlour House and Knockando house and big enough to cover the industrial sites such as Distilleries and Walkers Aberlour.

“The appliance also carries equipment crews can use at road traffic collisions.”

Watch Manager Thomson added: “We are delighted with the new appliance which helps future proof fire and rescue services in this area and ensure our communities receive the highest possible standard of response.

“The appliance has a new automatic gearbox, automatic primer pumps and our ladders have also been upgraded. It’s pleasing to see the national fire service supporting the more remote areas of the country.”