This page contains information about the emergency vehicles used by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
This is the modern structural fire engine with 1800 litres of water and a 3010 fire pump. It incorporates a full inventory of rescue equipment.
Dennis Sabre (WRL)
This is the 1995 generation of the structural fire engine with 1800 litres of water and a 3010 fire pump.
Incident Response Unit (IRU)
The incident response unit is used for major incidents involving chemicals, biological and mass decontamination.
Target Response Vehicle (TRV)
This is a smaller fire engine called target response vehicle (MIDI). It is used for 'nuisance' and small fires. It has 1000 litres of water, a 2010 fire pump and an integrated compressed air foam system.
Aerial Ladder Platform
The Aerial Ladder platforms and Hydraulic platforms are used for high rise rescues and used as a water tower. They can reach up to 32 metres. This is 30 metres from ground level to the floor of the cage, the further 2 meters is the fire fighter in the cage thus an operating height of 32 meters.
We have three aerial appliances total (as at June 2017).
Water Rescue Unit
The boat is designed to provide a safe system of work for use at the waterside or in water incidents. It enables trained crews to complete dynamic rescues from water at any incident around Cheshire.
High Volume Pump
A High Volume Pump which is used to pump high volumes of water to an incident to tackle fires. It can also be used to pump water away from flood affected areas.
Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the Environment Agency to provide additional protection during incidents. The EPU is sent out to all incidents involving five fire appliances or more and also to incidents that pose a risk to heritage sites.
The units incorporate a range of specialist equipment that will be used during incidents to prevent further damage to the environment and to better protect heritage sites.
Incident command unit
The purpose of the incident command unit is to attend incidents that require six or more appliances providing a greater degree of control and provides a focal point at incidents where other agencies can rendezvous with the fire service to share information regarding the incident.
Take a look around the incident command unit (opens in new window)
Major Rescue Unit (MRU)
The Major Rescue Unit (MRU) is based at Winsford Fire Station and is a specialist appliance which can provide support at incidents requiring heavy rescue equipment.
The crews have had specialist training in aspects of HGV RTC’s and can therefore provide safe working areas for extrication activities as well as expertise in the various evolutions and techniques which can be utilised to assist in the safe removal of trapped vehicle occupants.
The Foam Unit is based at Ellesmere Port Fire Station and is Scania 6x2 Curtain side vehicle that carries a Moffett off loading vehicle. Carrying 8000 litres of foam concentrate utilised to extinguish chemical fires that water is not suitable for. The concentrate is mixed with water and deploys foam via a variety of monitors and cannons held on the vehicle.
Photo to be added soon.
Technical Rescue Unit
Attends Height Rescue, Animal Rescue and also Water rescue incidents.
The Scania has, incorporated into its design, up-to-date technology, lightweight and recyclable bodywork, a carbon efficient engine giving off lower emissions, easy accessible rescue ladders and equipment lockers, and a greater capacity water loading and pump.
Rapid response vehicle
A Range Rover with formidable four wheel drive capability, its primary role is rapid response to RTCs. It carries a maximum of three personnel together with lightweight cutting equipment and rapid intervention first aid equipment for dealing with trauma and critical care on the roadside.
Road Safety Fire Bike
We currently have a Honda Pan European, a Honda VFR 800 and also a historic Matchless Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) motorbike.
Four new fire bike riders have been recruited.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are in negotiations with North West Ambulance Service regarding the possibility of the fire bike riders being trained to deliver First Biker on Scene (FBOS) at a fire station close to the main biker routes (Cat and Fiddle and Broxton)
Welfare Support Unit
The Welfare Support Unit provides toilet facilities for operational staff. It does also have the facilities for refreshments.
Kitchen safety vehicle
The Kitchen Safety Vehicle has been designed to promote kitchen safety, including:
The vehicle has two kitchens - a clean kitchen and a kitchen that has been affected by fire.
Find out more about the kitchen safety vehicle
Video to demonstrate the inside of the kitchen safety vehicle
Chip pan display unit
The chip pan display unit is a great tool to attract groups at events and to get across the message of chip pan safety.
Rainbow fire engine
The Service has a rainbow fire engine (a decommissioned Dennis Saber) that has been painted in a rainbow colour, with safety messages displayed on the sides.
The rainbow fire engine has been used at recent driving events, breast cancer awareness events and LGBT events.
Firefighter recruitment pod
The recruitment pod is a bespoke firefighter test unit containing virtually all the elements required for the national firefighter recruitment tests (the only test not included is the 3.5m ladder climb).
With the ability to generate its own power, the pod has been specially designed for the Service to be able drop into areas such as car parks, fire station yard or town square.
It has been designed to offer a flexible approach to bringing firefighter taster days to the public in the areas where we are looking to recruit on-call firefighters. It's a one-stop shop for potential recruits to experience the practical tests that need to be passed to join a modern day fire and rescue service, whether as a wholetime or on-call firefighter.
View a list of our vintage vehicles
Fleet list (as at June 2017) (new window, PDF 17KB)