MOD Corsham has received a share of 14 new firefighting vehicles from Capita as part of the company’s 12-year Defence Fire and Rescue Project (DFRP) contract.

Capita Fire and Rescue is deploying two new types of firefighting vehicles including ten High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Strikers and four Multi-Purpose Response Vehicles (MPRV).

This first tranche of vehicles has been delivered to locations including RAF Waddington, RAF Brize Norton, RAF Northolt and MOD Corsham to support training before the appliances become operational in September.

Over the course of the contract Capita will deploy a total of 128 vehicles to replace the Ministry of Defence’s current fleet.

These new firefighting appliances are all owned by the Ministry of Defence. Capita Fire and Rescue is responsible for training firefighters to use, operate and maintain them.

The HRET Striker is manufactured in the USA by Oshkosh and distributed and supported in the UK by Terberg DTS. It is one of the most innovative firefighting vehicles available in the aircraft fire and rescue industry.

Managing director for Capita Fire and Rescue, Jason Clay said: “This is a key milestone in our work to transform the Ministry of Defence’s Fire and Rescue Service.

These new vehicles will improve operational capability whilst reducing risk to our firefighters, defence personnel and the critical assets they operate.”