Capita today announces the delivery of the first 14 new firefighting vehicles as part of the company’s 12-year Defence Fire and Rescue Project (DFRP) contract.
The arrival of these appliances is a key milestone in Capita’s work to manage and modernise the Ministry of Defence’s fire and rescue capability.
Capita Fire and Rescue, one of Capita’s business units, is deploying two new types of firefighting vehicles. This includes ten High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Strikers and four Multi-Purpose Response Vehicles (MPRV) – both providing state of the art firefighting technology.
The HRET Striker is manufactured in the USA by Oshkosh and distributed and supported in the UK by Terberg DTS. It is one of the most innovative firefighting vehicles available in the aircraft fire and rescue industry.
The HRET technology enables greater fire suppression and control, helping firefighters to respond safely and quickly to fires and other incidents while in the cab of the vehicle, this significantly reduces the risk they are exposed to. In addition, the greater distance from a fire allowed by an HRET provides an extra measure of safety for the crew.
The MPRV is designed and manufactured in the UK by Angloco. It comes in two variants designed to support both airfield and structural firefighting operations. The MPRV is also a specialist firefighting vehicle which can be deployed as the primary appliance or alongside the HRET to support response capability.
This first tranche of vehicles has been delivered to locations including RAF Waddington, RAF Brize Norton, RAF Northolt and MOD Corsham to support initial training before the appliances become operational in September 2020. Over the course of the contract Capita will procure and deploy a total of 128 vehicles to replace the Ministry of Defence’s current fleet of fire appliances.
These new firefighting appliances are all owned by the Ministry of Defence. Capita Fire and Rescue is responsible for training firefighters to use, operate and maintain them.