Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service is going green, as it is set to acquire 12 new, environmentally friendly fire engines over the next three years.
A new report which was put to Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet on Wednesday 23 June 2021 stated that Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s fire engine fleet needed updating.
£3.7 million of funding has been made available through the council’s capital programme, allowing the fire service to secure 12 new vehicles, each costing around £310,000. There is also a further bid for capital funding being made to replace the remaining eight fire engines over the next five years.
The new vehicles are more environmentally friendly compared to the current fleet, as they use greener technology. This means that the amount of CO2 emissions the fire engines produce will be reduced, resulting in cleaner air across Gloucestershire as well as helping to tackle the climate emergency.
The new purchases will become a part of the service’s ongoing fire engine replacement programme, ensuring the fleet is replaced before it can no longer be used.
Councillor Dave Norman of the Gloucestershire County Council cabinet said: ‘The funding being provided for these new vehicles shows our continued investment in the fire service and will ensure crews can use the most modern fire engines to help keep people safe around the county.’