Eurocargo truck equipped for fire protection role on Guernsey03 March 2010

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service has taken delivery of another Iveco Eurocargo Type B fire appliance, supplied by the island's Iveco distributor Bourgourd Ford.

Plated at 10 tonnes, the 4x2 Eurocargo 100E22D is equipped with a factory built crew cab accommodating the four-strong crew and their breathing apparatus. It is powered by a 5.9 litre Euro 5 Tector engine (producing 217hp at 2,700rpm and 680Nm between 1,200 and 2,100rpm), matched to an Allison World Series automatic transmission fitted by Iveco.

Nigel Acton, deputy chief fire officer at Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service, in St Peter Port, says that the Eurocargos are well suited to the island, because of their narrow-track chassis and blend of power, handling, manoeuvrability and reliability.

Says Acton: "Every frontline appliance in our fleet is built on an Iveco chassis. The Eurocargos serve our operation well… When we specify a new fire appliance we have to be very mindful of the island's nature. Our operation embraces all of the same aspects of fire fighting and community safety as our colleagues on the mainland. However, we cannot benefit from early assistance from a neighbouring service, so have to be self-sufficient."

In this case, the Eurocargo has a modular Plastisol GRP body and is equipped with ladders, rescue equipment and a 1,600 litre water tank and foam capability. It is the second Plastisol body in the Guernsey fleet, and the first to be supplied since Plastisol UK was established in Chorley, Lancashire, in March last year.

Acton expect the truck to remain on the fleet for 12 years, and says it will be joined shortly by a new 14 tonne Eurocargo water tanker – one of two such support vehicles on the island, built to carry more than 4,500 litres of water.

Brian Tinham

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