Being just 2,32 meters wide, the FLs are designed for easy access for narrow streets and country lanes. They also have better turning circles than regular trucks, which helps in city confines.
“We have worked really hard with our workforce, the vehicle manufacturer and fire appliance bodybuilders to create this state-of-the-art frontline fire engine. The standard Volvo crew cab has been reduced in length by 150mm to improve manoeuvrability and turning circle. In addition, we have improved safety for the firefighters riding in the rear with the introduction of seats that cater for a diverse workforce who are spending more and more time in the vehicles visiting communities as part of our pro-active approach to fire prevention,” said North Wales Fire & Rescue Service Fleet Manager Dave Bond.
“In employing a diverse workforce we want to attract the best people to consider a career as firefighters in North Wales and it is essential that we ensure traditional vehicle designs do not act as a barrier for anyone. The equipment has been specified so that people of different stature and ability can handle it safely. Two of our stations have already taken delivery of the new vehicles and so far the feedback from fire crews has been very positive,” Bond adds.