17 September 2010

Five new vehicles will be added to Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service fleet on Monday (20th September).

One of the new vehicles, known as the Cobra intervention vehicle, will be demonstrated by firefighters. Cobra employs the latest technology, using water to cut through up to 10 inches of solid material, such as concrete walls or steel. This means firefighters are able tackle a fire without needing to enter the area where the fire is actually situated.

The specifications of the other four vehicles are as follows:

  • Scania P 310 DB6x2*4MNB CP16 Hookloader Equipped with a rear-steering axle for maximum manoeuvrability, this truck has been designed to carry incident pods to and from the scenes of incidents.
  • Scania P 280 DB4x2MNA CP28 Pumping Appliance with 'Type B' water tender bodywork. (The vehicle being displayed forms part of an order for three similar appliances).
  • Scania P 340 DB6x2*4MNA CP28 Combined Aerial Rescue Platform (CARP). In addition to bodywork and pumping equipment by JDC, this vehicle features a Vema Aerial Rescue Platform. In common with the hookloader, this vehicle has a steering rear-axle for maximum manoeuvrability.
  • Scania R 340 DB4x2MNA CR19 Emergency Rescue Tender Equipped with Rescue-Master heavy-duty winching equipment and a Hiab truck-mounted crane for emergency rescue and recovery operations.

Councillor André González De Savage, county council cabinet member for customers and communities said: “Our fire and rescue service is absolutely committed to protecting the people, property and environment of Northamptonshire and the addition of these new vehicles to the fleet will help them to deliver this service even more effectively, as well as helping to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our firefighters.”

Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said “The service we provide to the people of Northamptonshire is reliant on the vehicles in our fleet. Our fire crews need access to well equipped vehicles to enable them to deal with the range of incidents they respond to every day. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to be continuing the partnership established with these two suppliers.”

he Cobra intervention vehicle has been supplied by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Simon Elliott, Director, said: “The Volkswagen Crafter fire tender conversion by Nimbus Fire is particularly impressive. It not only has the latest technology that uses water to cut through concrete walls or steel, but is also an alternative, quicker and more cost effective way to respond to incidents. We will be very proud to see it in active service helping others.”

The four Scania vehicles have been sourced by TruckEast Limited. Sales Director for TruckEast Limited, David Hall, said: “The fulfilment of this order means that all heavy front-line appliances operated by Northamptonshire now carry the Scania marque. It is more than 20 years since the first Scania appliance was delivered into the county and we are delighted that our relationship has now developed to this point. Going forward, our pledge is to continue providing the high levels of service that Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service demands of us, and we look forward to many more years of successful partnership between our two organisations."


The four Scania fire appliances being handed over to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue at this time have been sourced through TruckEast Limited, the Scania dealer for Northamptonshire, the northern Home Counties and East Anglia. Each is equipped with bodywork by Guildford, Surrey-based John Dennis Coachbuilders Limited (JDC).

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, who supplied the Cobra intervention vehicle, have worked with the emergency service sector for many years.