Brigade ‘making right decision’ to scrap fire pumps

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The firefighters’ union in South Yorkshire has said brigade chiefs have ‘made the right decision’ in deciding to scrap a fleet of fire appliances costing more than £2 million after just two years of use.

Four combined aerial rescue pumps – known as CARPs – were bought by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue in 2006.

They were designed to cut costs by combining the functions of normal fire engines and high-rise platforms.

However, they could not be used for the first five years as they were too heavy to be used on the county’s roads, and were also plagued by mechanical faults.

Last week, it was revealed that the CARPs could be phased out if plans set to go before South Yorkshire Fire Authority members next Monday are approved.

Proposals to change crewing arrangements at five fire stations were also announced.

Firefighters and Fire Brigades Union officials have raised ‘a series of issues’ about the CARP appliances’ performance, the brigade says.

Graham Wilkinson, FBU chairman in South Yorkshire, said: “We’re very pleased they’ve eventually made the right decision.

“This is what we’ve asked for and we’re glad they’ve seen sense.”