A telescopic forklift vehicle, made in the Staffordshire Moorlands, has joined a front line firefighting and emergency rescue team.
Manufactured at JCB Compact Products, in Cheadle, the JCB Teletruk – a telescopic forklift – will be deployed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at waste and rural fires across the county to move bailed and bulky items – reducing the risk of fire spread and improving firefighter and public safety.
It will also be put to work at fire scenes during the clean-up and ‘dampening down’ phase of an operation, to help ensure a blaze is fully extinguished in the fastest possible time.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Newcastle Station Commander, Mark Walchester, said: “Before we had the Teletruk, in many instances firefighters had to use shovels to move materials to expose the base of the fire when ‘dampening down’.
“This process not only put personnel at unnecessary risk, but delayed the time it took to fully put out a blaze and resulted in greater use of water than was often needed.
“Using the Teletruk means we can aggressively attack a deep seated fire and buildings can be made safe far more quickly enabling the occupier, members of the public or businesses, to recover goods earlier than was previously possible.”
JCB Teletruk General Manager Paul Murray added: “Thanks to its robust build quality, the JCB Teletruk is the ideal choice for a wide range of arduous applications and we are delighted that the invaluable work undertaken by Staffordshire Fire Service is being made easier thanks to Teletruk technology.”
Staffordshire Fire Service’s new Teletruk was supplied by JCB dealer, Gunn JCB.