Avon Fire and Rescue Service has just taken delivery of the first Combi with a PolyBilt body. The JDC-bodied vehicle is a combination of a conventional water tender in co-polymer, with a 28 metre VEMA aerial rescue platform. The vehicle will be put into service shortly after commissioning and training.
The Combi was originally developed in co-operation with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. A Strathclyde spokesman said “The danger is now that since we developed the first working Combi, some people think any Combi will work. This is not the case: the combined technology of the JDC/VEMA platform; the Hale pump and the Scania chassis have only just reached the point where they can meet the very difficult operational parameters we work to”.
Avon has selected the tried and tested technical combination but has chosen the co-polymer body as it is service policy to use this resilient material in preference to aluminium for all its fire vehicles.