09 August 2010

The keys for a new community outreach vehicle will be officially handed over to Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service tomorrow (Tuesday 10th August).

The multi-purpose, bespoke-built vehicle will be used by the fire and rescue service for incident command purposes, and as a contact point for local communities.

It is equipped with technology that allows fire and rescue officers to communicate effectively during an emergency, including the facility to send text messages to all mobile phones within a small radius of the vehicle.

The vehicle can also be used to support the fire and rescue service’s prevention activity, for example as part of school sessions or as part of emergency planning events to help businesses with their continuity plans.

Councillor André González de Savage said: “This vehicle will be a real asset, helping the fire and rescue service to extend their prevention work even further with local communities, as well as helping us to reduce the risk of fires and other emergencies.

“It’s state-of-the-art technology also means that officers can text mobile phones in the surrounding area, to quickly and easily give them vital messages during an emergency incident as well as work as an effective incident command centre.

“It is certain to be an invaluable addition to the fleet of vehicles already being used.”

The fire and rescue service has also had a smaller transit van converted to a similar specification, with a TV screen, laptop point and seating to be used alongside the community outreach vehicle.