Safest People, Safest Places

Special Appliances

Aerial Ladder Platform

The ALP is capable of raising its cage and operators to a maximum height of 32 metres (100ft), vertically. Both vehicles have dual purposes in that they are able to function as both lifting platforms and rescue staircases.

Incident Response Unit

The IRU is a National resource supplied by the ODPM, to respond to an incident involving mass decontamination. Mass decontamination is defined as incidents where more than one person can be decontaminated simultaneously using the same equipment. Each IRU is maintained by a host station with assistance from support stations which all receive training on the equipment at regular periods throughout the year.

Emergency Rescue Boat

The boats or SRT Swift Water Rescue Team is mobilised to all incidents in or around water. The water rescue equipment is carried on 2 vehicles, a flat bed Landover and a sprinter van. They carry floating walk ways, 2 RIB (Ridged Inflatable Boat), and other equipment such as lines, life jackets etc.

Environmental Protection Unit

The unit incorporate a range of specialist equipment that will be used during incidents to prevent further damage to the environment and to better protect heritage sites. This is in addition to first line response using the environmental grab bags carried on all appliances. The EPU carries over 1700 metres of hose.

Foam pod

Foam pod

High Volume Pump

The High Volume Pump is part of the Government’s £200 million New Dimension programme to develop mass decontamination, urban search and rescue and high volume pumping capability nationally.

The HVP unit consists of two demountable modules transported on standard New Dimension Prime Movers. Each module consists of two further sub-units, a hose retrieval system and all the associated ancillary equipment.

Incident Command Support Unit

This vehicle performs the role of an on site control point, providing a single point of contact with the Control Room it is mobilised to large incidents of a protracted nature. It controls all communications on the incident ground.  There is an area within the unit for the Incident Commander to brief fire and rescue officers and also to liaise with officers from other services.

Mass Decontamination Unit

Mass decontamination disrobe and rerobe modules are provided to allow the provision of disrobe and rerobe packs at any incident where the decontamination of large numbers of casualties is required. These packs are in addition to those provided on front line appliances and the Incident Response Units and are intended to ensure that the numbers required by current planning assumptions can be met.

36 MDD modules and 14 MDR modules are strategically positioned throughout the United Kingdom to provide effective coverage to all areas of 300,000 plus population and identified potential risks.

Disrobe and rerobe each carry approximately 1200 packs stowed in the modules within wheeled cages. The modules also carry a complete Fire-fighter Decontamination Unit, which is stowed, within similar cages.

Prime Mover

The Prime Mover is a triple axle MAN chassis with a Hook Lift System. The maximum laden weight of the Prime Mover and Module is 26 tonnes.

A hook arm attached to the prime mover is used to dismount the modules for use. The sub-units are also removable from the main module for placing as required at an incident.

Special Rescue Unit

The SRU went on the run in December 2009, it has 4 main specialities, and they are heavy rescue, crash rescue, initial decontamination and large animal rescue. Animal rescue is not yet on the run, but the vehicle still goes to all large animal rescues. By early next year we will have a fully trained Large Animal Rescue team available as part of the SRU response.

Targeted Response Vehicle

The Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV) has been introduced to give a more flexible approach to dealing with small secondary fires in urban areas as well as giving the service the ability to deal with rural fires. The vehicle has been developed to deal with the issue of small fire/F1 type incidents that have been identified as a major contributor to our overall fire statistics. It will deliver against the needs of the IRMP in an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly way thus helping to reduce the Service’s carbon footprint.


A welfare vehicle  has also been introduced into the service which is based at Spennymoor Station and is available for protracted incidents, community safety initiatives etc. The vehicle has toilet facilities, a microwave, kettle, and a rest area.



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