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Pupils launch super fire engine

Schoolchildren were invited to their local fire station to help launch a new super firefighting machine.

The new enhanced fire engine was launched at Didcot Fire Station and is the first of its kind in the county.

Pupils from Manor School, in Didcot, were among the first to see the new appliance and climb on board.

The fire engine contains an AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) and heavy rescue equipment to deal with incidents involving road and rail, such as airbags for lifting and hydraulic tools with bespoke metal cutting ability. It also has the latest thermal imaging camera to assist crews at fires.

Watch manager Jon Walker, from Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This is a great day for the service with the launch of this multi-faceted rescue fire engine. Not only does this give us the tools and skills to provide a better service to the public, but also means that taxpayers are getting far better value for money from their fire and rescue service.

“We have teamed up with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to ensure all our crews are fully trained. By having more tools, equipment and personnel trained to a higher level, it will enable us to continue providing a far better service to the public and to deliver the targets of the 365 alive campaign.”

In the next year, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit all of its 34-strong fleet with defibrillators.

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “The new fire engine at Didcot and the updated kit in Banbury and Kidlington will improve the level of service to the community and provide better value for money for the people of Oxfordshire.”


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