Škoda secures new deal with the Cleveland Fire Brigade
Škoda UK has secured a new contract with the Cleveland Fire
Brigade to supply 14 fully equipped Octavia Scout models. The Octavia has been
chosen to meet the high demands of the fire service, which operates over 370
square miles in the North East of England.
Cleveland Fire Brigade currently runs a 125-strong fleet to
support 560,000 people and 249,000 dwellings in the area. The Scout was chosen
to bolster the fleet due to its combination of space, low fuel consumption,
reliability and value for money. Its rugged 4x4 ability and additional
underbody protection also help ensure the fire crew can attend situations no
matter the terrain.
To date Cleveland Fire Brigade has taken receipt of 14 new
Octavia Scout models, which are on a three-year lease deal through the
Volkswagen Financial Services Fleet - Public Sector Team. The vehicles will be
used by officers attending emergency response incidents such as large-scale
fires and road traffic collisions.
Karen Winter, director of corporate services, said: “This
lease deal has allowed us to standardise our fleet, and provide vital vehicles
to our flexible duty officers to respond to incidents quickly and safely, in
all types of conditions.”
The vehicles are equipped with RSG blue light equipment
installed by Cygnal and the cars also feature a run lock system. It allows the
keys to be removed from the ignition whilst the engine is still running to keep
the emergency lights on without causing the battery to go flat.