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Modern engine for fire station

South Elmsall Fire Station Green watch with the new State of the Art �250,000 Volvo Fire Appliance.  (l-r) Firefighters Tont Piper, Greg Hurst,  Watch Commander Al Senior, Crew Commander Shaun Rowley, Firefighters Mark Mears and Craig Boardley.  (BR1002 85b) 6 May 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

South Elmsall Fire Station Green watch with the new State of the Art �250,000 Volvo Fire Appliance. (l-r) Firefighters Tont Piper, Greg Hurst, Watch Commander Al Senior, Crew Commander Shaun Rowley, Firefighters Mark Mears and Craig Boardley. (BR1002 85b) 6 May 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The latest piece of kit to help firefighters was unveiled at South Elmsall Fire Station this week.

The crew took delivery of a new engine which enables them to operate more efficiently.

It is equipped with an automatic gear box and is fitted with digital pump equipment.

The arrival of the new engine is part of a process across the country to replace outdated vehicles.

Firefighter Dan Hornsby said: “The engine has digital pump equipment instead of manual levers.

“It is quicker, easier, more user friendly and much more efficient. The gearbox also makes it much easier to drive. It is a massive improvement.

“Fire engines only have a shelf life of ten years and the new engine is just part of a rolling process to upgrade older engines.”

South Elmsall Fire Station, on Barnsley Road, and Hemsworth Fire Station, on Station Road, are being replaced with a new one at South Kirkby Business Park.

Work has already started on the new station and it is expected that the move will happen in January 2015.

The new station is one of nine being built to replace 17 stations across the county by 2020. It is the first one to be built.

The South Kirkby development will be a two bay operational fire station with a separate accommodation building.

It will be staffed by 13 firefighters working across two shifts on a close-call system.

The new building will have a training tower, a two-bay vehicle garage, offices, a rest and recreation area, service yard and car parking.

 

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