Firefighters get new aerial ladder

FIREFIGHTERS at Southend are the first in the county to take delivery of a new specialist fire engine.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service crews are currently training to use the new aerial ladder platform – known as an Alp, for short.

The new machine can reach almost 100ft upwards, almost 80ft sideways – and also 55ft below ground level.

It is the first of five new Alps ordered by the fire service. The Southend-based machine will replace an existing, less versatile one, which has been in service for 17 years.

Deputy chief fire officer Adam Eckley said: “The new Alps are an example of the significant investment the service is making in ensuring we have first-class resources available on the front line.

“They have been designed precisely to our specifications, incorporating learning from the experience of other fire and rescue services. That makes them ideal for our needs.”

The fire service was unable to tell the Echo how much it had paid for the new machine.

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10:19am Fri 24 Sep 10

SafetySam says...

Wonderfull news!
How many firefighters are being cut to pay for it and how much did it cost?
(My estimate £350,000)
Wonderfull news! How many firefighters are being cut to pay for it and how much did it cost? (My estimate £350,000) SafetySam
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11:25am Fri 24 Sep 10

Cockle says...

"The fire service was unable to tell the Echo how much it had paid for the new machine."

You really mean wouldn't tell you; there is absolutely no way that they don't know how much it cost, at least I hope not!
What I don't understand is why they won't say, surely the public have a right to know where our taxes are being spent. I have no doubt that it will prove to be a good piece of equipment and if the Fire Service deem it necessary to have then I have no problem with spending the money. However, this attitude from the powers that be, all of them, I'm not singling out the Fire Service, that they should keep the costs secret is very frustrating; get the message, it is our money, hard-earned, that we pay in tax.
"The fire service was unable to tell the Echo how much it had paid for the new machine." You really mean wouldn't tell you; there is absolutely no way that they don't know how much it cost, at least I hope not! What I don't understand is why they won't say, surely the public have a right to know where our taxes are being spent. I have no doubt that it will prove to be a good piece of equipment and if the Fire Service deem it necessary to have then I have no problem with spending the money. However, this attitude from the powers that be, all of them, I'm not singling out the Fire Service, that they should keep the costs secret is very frustrating; get the message, it is our money, hard-earned, that we pay in tax. Cockle
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2:57pm Fri 24 Sep 10

APR says...

Is this like the one they had at the Thundersley fire station, on their open day a couple of months back ?
Is this like the one they had at the Thundersley fire station, on their open day a couple of months back ? APR
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3:02pm Fri 24 Sep 10

Ontheball says...

Amazingly, the first of these 'new' appliances arrived in the county in January, another in March, with the last of the five coming in August.

It has taken NINE months, from time of delivery until now, to get these vital bits of gear 'on the run'.

Quite appalling.
Amazingly, the first of these 'new' appliances arrived in the county in January, another in March, with the last of the five coming in August. It has taken NINE months, from time of delivery until now, to get these vital bits of gear 'on the run'. Quite appalling. Ontheball
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4:12pm Fri 24 Sep 10

steve@eastwood says...

This must be the same Fire Service that is cutting costs at the front line services then?
How come they have just signed a contract for a £20 million extention too their Kelvedon HQ.
Meanwhile their "other" HQ is still up and running at Brentwood. The mind boggles as to where the managers priorities may lie.
This must be the same Fire Service that is cutting costs at the front line services then? How come they have just signed a contract for a £20 million extention too their Kelvedon HQ. Meanwhile their "other" HQ is still up and running at Brentwood. The mind boggles as to where the managers priorities may lie. steve@eastwood
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10:19am Tue 28 Sep 10

trevorwhateva says...

erm... I'm no journalist, just a man with Google but i have worked out that the fire engine cost £500,000. http://www.essex-fir
e.gov.uk/pages/index
.asp?area=4&id=371 says: "ECFRS is preparing to take delivery of five brand new aerial ladder platforms to replace its aged fleet. The first vehicles are due to arrive in Essex in December as part of a £2.5m investment package." So i divided the £2.5 mil by five and came up with 1/2 a million. I would have thought that someone at the Echo was capable of doing this. Oh no I forget the Echo is the place where proper journalism goes to die. Well done Echo, another score!
erm... I'm no journalist, just a man with Google but i have worked out that the fire engine cost £500,000. http://www.essex-fir e.gov.uk/pages/index .asp?area=4&id=371 says: "ECFRS is preparing to take delivery of five brand new aerial ladder platforms to replace its aged fleet. The first vehicles are due to arrive in Essex in December as part of a £2.5m investment package." So i divided the £2.5 mil by five and came up with 1/2 a million. I would have thought that someone at the Echo was capable of doing this. Oh no I forget the Echo is the place where proper journalism goes to die. Well done Echo, another score! trevorwhateva
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10:40am Tue 28 Sep 10

ECFRS says...

I work in the Essex County Fire and Rescue Press Office and can confirm that the ALP cost £500,000. It has been reported as such in the Echo previously and the figure is also on our website - as pointed out by the previous post - if anyone had looked.
I work in the Essex County Fire and Rescue Press Office and can confirm that the ALP cost £500,000. It has been reported as such in the Echo previously and the figure is also on our website - as pointed out by the previous post - if anyone had looked. ECFRS
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