DROITWICH Fire Station is to get a brand new fire engine, writes Kirsty Card.
The crew at the Friar Street station is one of nine other stations across Hereford and Worcestershire to capitalise from the new rescue service fleet.
Each fire engine includes a 3,000 litre water tank, latest cutting gear, radio systems and six cameras to give 360-degree CCTV for incident review and driver training.
It also has a 3,000 litre dam so water can be stored as more is collected.
Droitwich Station Commander Gareth Clarke said: “As it equipped with a broader range of equipment, the new fire engine gives us different and better options.
“Having extra water on board is very important as it means that crews do not have to wait for more fire engines to arrive or a water supply to be created.
“The crews are delighted with the new fire engine and it is a very positive move in terms of investing in the service.
“It is all part of modernising and upgrading the services equipment for the benefit of the whole community.”
New appliances have also been deployed at other stations including Evesham and Kidderminster.
Area Commander Guy Palmer said: “This £2.5million investment demonstrates the commitment from the Fire Authority to deliver a first-class service not only to the communities of Herefordshire and Worcestershire but also to empower staff with the right tools and equipment to do their job.”