Weber Rescue UK is pleased to announce that we have been awarded one of the UK’s largest contracts for the supply of battery cutting equipment to South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The contract process was a joint procurement between both services designed to save them time and money. But it is also believed it will improve training and maintenance making them more efficient in the future.
The process of procuring the equipment was led by South Yorkshire whilst team members from West Yorkshire organised the research and development side of the project.
The new tools, which are the same specification across both Fire Services, bring operational benefits such as an increased cutting force over current equipment, ease of setup and also longer running time of tools. Having standardised Equipment across both services will ensure that rescue equipment is compatible when attending over-the-border incidents. In addition to this both services receive the same training to enable more efficient and effective working between the services.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Chief Fire Officer James Courtney, said: “This is a great investment in standardising operational equipment and will undoubtedly improve our response to rescue incidents. By collaborating on projects such as this with our neighbouring services presents us with a great opportunity to provide a more effective and efficient service to the people we serve.”
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer John Roberts, said: “We are continually looking at how we can work closely with our partners and neighbouring Fire and Rescue Services. This is a great example of how this approach can work to everyone’s advantage, saving the taxpayer money, reducing the time and effort spent on research and ensuring that when we do respond to emergencies we can work more closely than ever by virtue of carrying identical equipment.”
The services have opted for the popular RSU180 as their front line cutter with it’s TeamGOLD blade inserts and formidable blade arrangement for superior cutting performance. THe SP44AS E-FORCE 2 was the preferred spreader with its impressive tips. They include titanium nitride studded tips give improved grip on modern day vehicle materials. Both services then opted for the RZT2-1360 E-FORCE 2 ram. When closed this ram fits perfectly inside the space created by the 600mm spreading distance of the SP44 AS.
Weber Rescue UK Director Richard Wood said, “Fire and Rescue services in the emergency sector are joining together which increases their buying power. This enables us to give them the best offer and support package.”
Weber Rescue UK look forward to supporting both services throughout the contract.
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