Humberside Fire & Rescue has taken delivery of two new Scania P-series Rescue Support Unit trucks. The 18-tonne rigids are the first of their kind to go into service in the UK and are equipped with Emergency One Rescue Support Unit bodywork
“The introduction of these two new vehicles marks a major step forward in updating our fleet,” said Ben Kelly, group manager service support for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service. “Both units are fitted out with a range of heavy cutting gear, heavy shoring, heavy duty airbags and many other items which are not found on our regular fire appliances. In operation, the units will play a vital role in the work of the Service by attending every rescue incident within the region to ensure our crews have specialist equipment readily to hand should it be required.”
The Scania P-series are both P 320 B4x2NB models with 4,350mm wheelbases, and come fitted with a 9-litre Scania engine and 6-speed Allison MD3000 series automatic gearbox. They have the CP17N day cab and amongst the additional equipment fitted is the hill hold/autohold electro-pneumatic handbrake, which automatically applies the handbrake whenever the ignition is switched off, driver’s seatbelt is unfastened, or driver’s door is opened. Maintained under a two year full repair and maintenance contract, one unit will be based in Hull, while the other vehicle will operate in Scunthorpe. The bodies are designed by Ayrshire-based Emergency One and have been made from weight-saving polypropylene.
“These two vehicles will take our 43-strong heavy frontline fleet to 100 percent Scania. Scania won the hearts and minds of our fire crews from the moment they were introduced, as the vehicles are built-for-purpose with excellent safety features, driveability and ride quality. We’re extremely excited about introducing these two trucks,” Kelly added.