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New Fire Brigade Response Vehicle

Brigade Response Vehicle
Specialist Fire Brigade Land Rovers are now being used in the Midlands.

A controversial new type of fire fighting vehicle has been introduced in the Midlands amid budget cuts across the region.

Originally trialled in Dudley and now being introduced at other regional fire stations, the Brigade Response Vehicle (BRV) introduces a new method of firefighting. The BRV itself is a specially modified £80,000 Jaguar Land Rover, kitted out with fire fighting equipment including foam fire extinguishers, safety equipment, first aid kits and a small amount of water.

Designed to be quick and maneuverable in traffic, people in the Midlands (and perhaps even the rest of the UK) could see this type of fire fighting appliance turning up to small fires, floods, animal rescues, tree fires, bonfires and house checks. If the situation is deemed to be more serious than anticipated attending firefighters will be able to call on full-size fire engines for back up.

The main argument put forward for this new fast response fire vehicle is that it cuts running costs considerably and frees up traditional fire engines to tackle more serious fires. In reality, fire stations could see a Brigade Response Vehicle introduced as a replacement for one of their fire engines, instead of as an additional resource.

The Midlands has been particularly badly hit by 2012/13 budget cuts for emergency services across the UK. Common reactions to this new fire vehicle include worries that money has been taken more seriously than safety and that fire-fighters will risk their lives even more if they attend a fire without adequate equipment.

The suitability of Brigade Response Vehicles will only truly be discovered as time goes on and it is used in practice alongside traditional fire fighting methods.

You can help reduce the number of fires our emergency services have to attend by following a few simple rules:

  • Always ensure you have working and tested fire detector in your home or workplace.
  • Only light bonfires and other outdoor fires in safe and supervised conditions.
  • Ensure all equipment and wiring is correctly installed and tested.
  • Try not to smoke indoors and always ensure your cigarette stub is fully extinguished.
  • Familiarise yourself with the use of fire extinguishers and fire blankets in your home or place of work.

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