Volvo FEs prove popular with Williamson Food Service

Volvo FE Carrier Transicold

Williamson Food Service has taken delivery of two 18-tonne Volvo FE 280 4x2 rigids fitted with Carrier Transicold Supra 1150 multi-temperature (MT) refrigerated Gray & Adams bodies.

Having purchased two Volvo FEs in 2017 and 2018, the latest additions to the Inverness-based caterer’s 40-strong fleet have been designed to make drivers’ lives easier.

MD of Williamson Food Service Gary Williamson, explained that triple doors have been specified this time instead of barn doors, which “allows the driver access without having to open a door beyond the width of the vehicle – handy for on-street deliveries”. 

The smaller size of the triple door “reduces temperature leakage” too, he added. Volvo’s Comfort cabs were specified, the comfier seats and additional storage helping to “look after our drivers!” said Williamson.

Some components have been relocated because earlier FE’s tail-lifts would suffer from water damage, as drips fell from the evaporator unit and pipes on to the tail-lift control panels and electronics.

Both Volvos are equipped with extra-large AdBlue and fuel tanks to cover the long routes Williamson Food Service operates in the Highlands. 

The latest pair have been bought outright and come with the Swedish manufacturer’s five year Gold Service contract. Williamson’s reasoning behind opting for five years, is because he believes most trucks reach the limit of their useful service life within five to seven years. 

The rest of the fleet is made up of 15- and 18-tonners, including a second-hand 16-plate DAF LF 4x2 purchased for £40,000 to meet increased company activity. With only 72,000km completed, Williamson added that the LF still had “a decent life left and a good spec for the money”.

“The amount of trucks we need depends on seasonal demands. We provide services to independent outlets as well as bigger companies like Bespoke Hotels. In total we have around 1,000 clients. For example, summer is quite busy for us with more pop-up eateries appearing,” he said.

Since operating the new Volvo FEs, the company has seen improved fuel economy figures, but Williamson stated that this is down to the evolution of the product compared to older vehicles like the DAF, so “does not have sufficient data to give an illustrative figure”.

Scania provides Lincolnshire Fire Service with new fire engines

Scania P-Series Fire Engine

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has taken delivery of its first 18-tonne Scania P 320 4x2 fire engine, as part of a deal that will see 33 identical units enter the service over the next three years.

Featuring Scania’s CP31 CrewCab, the largest all-steel safety crew cab available in its range for fire engines, it can sit six and is capable of storing breathing apparatus.

The rigid’s body has been kitted out with Yorkshire-based Angloco, which specialises in building bodies for fire service vehicles. Pumps, an 1,800-litre water tank, and a smaller 110-litre foam tank have been fitted alongside two vehicle-mounted power take-offs (PTO). One PTO drives the 3,400-litre per minute rated pump, and the other powers an ultra-high pressure cutting extinguisher (UHPCE) system. 

Also mounted to the Scania are two 45m long water hose reels and a reservoir for the UHPCE system. Other additions include lockers, four ladders and specialist fire and rescue equipment including road traffic accident tools.

MD of Angloco Alistair Brown, commented on the order: “We are delighted to be manufacturing these new Scania-based appliances for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, and all three parties have built a great working relationship together to ensure the finished product is what we expected.”