Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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Quad squad joins fire fleet

Quad squad joins fire fleet

Friday, 19 October 2007

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is introducing another type of four-wheel vehicle to its emergency fleet – quad bikes!

The Fire Authority introducing two Honda quad bikes to help the service access rural and parkland areas during the summer months and reduce deliberate grassland fires.

A number of fire officers and community safety advocates will be trained to use the vehicles.

Director of Community Fire Safety, Area Manager Alan Penton, said: “This initiative aims to reduce anti-social behaviour fires in areas that are used for public recreation. By reducing these fires we will reduce demand on operational resources, protect our green spaces and assist in creating a fire safe community.”

During the summer months, MF&RS usually sees an increase in grassland fires and they are often physically demanding and require many appliances.

The aim of the quad bikes is to prevent and deter these incidents through direct engagement with young people. The bikes will not only provide physical access to young people but be of great interest wherever they go.

Area Manager Penton added: “Whilst the primary role for these vehicles would be to continue the battle against deliberately set fires that account for over half of all the calls to the service, the quad bikes have the potential for wider use. We are looking at how they could be used operationally - dealing with woodland or grass fires, accessing remote areas along the shoreline and as logistical support on the incident ground.”

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