NEW fire engines have been sent to RAF bases across the UK in a bid to modernise the Ministry of Defence’s in-house fire and rescue service.

RAF Brize Norton is one of the recipients of the 14 new-look vehicles, as part of Capita’s 12-year Defence Fire and Rescue Project (DFRP) contract.

The fleet consists of 10 high reach extendable turret (HRET) strikers and four multi-purpose response vehicles (MPRV).

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The HRET technology enables greater fire suppression and control, from the cab of the vehicle, reducing the risk firefighters are exposed to, while the MPRV is designed to support both airfield and structural firefighting operations.

The vehicles have been delivered to locations, including Brize Norton, for initial training, before becoming operational in September.

A total of 128 vehicles will replace the current fleet over the course of Capita’s DFRP contract.