Firefighting in Crawley has been boosted by the introduction of a new state of the art fire engine into its fleet.
The high-tech P320-CP31 Scania, costing around £280,000, replaces an old Water Tender Ladder at Crawley Fire Station and is part of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s on-going investment into upgrading its operational fleet.
Crawley’s new appliance comes with cutting edge equipment including a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS). CAFS uses only a small amount of water to produce a large amount of firefighting foam to quickly suppress a wide range of fires including thatch, property, vehicle and heathland fires.
The new Scania also boasts a larger water tank and more powerful hose reels than its predecessor.
The CAFS system and increased pumping capacity enhances the firefighting effectiveness of the vehicle and will contribute to reduced property and environmental damage, enhanced firefighter safety and lower overall operational costs.
Crawley’s new appliance is the second of five new hi-tech Scanias being introduced across the Service. Midhurst’s new fire engine joined the fleet in May with Fire Stations at Worthing, Chichester and Horsham now expected to take delivery of their upgraded Scanias in the coming weeks.
In the past 12 months the Service has also invested in firefighting at height with a new Aerial Ladder Platform and enhanced its adverse-weather response with an all-wheel drive Unimog. Plans to upgrade the Service’s off-road capability over the coming months are also progressing.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager for Operations, Adrian Murphy, said:
“We’re excited to introduce this upgraded appliance into our fleet. It will certainly enhance our firefighting capability in Crawley and the surrounding areas.
“This ongoing investment into our operational equipment and appliances means that we are well placed to meet modern firefighting challenges and to continue to deliver a first class emergency service to the public.”
West Sussex County Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services, David Barling, added:
“Our Fire and Rescue Service plays an important part in making West Sussex a safer place for everyone. This impressive new appliance and the on-going investment into their operational fleet demonstrate a clear commitment to deliver that service even more effectively.”