Category Archives: Fire (General)

Herm Trailer Pumps

Herm Trailer Pumps

Herm is served by two trailers of fire equipment. The larger trailer is a water tank and is towed by any available tractor. The smaller trailer carries branches and a pump and can be towed by any available 4×4 quad bike. Other types of motor vehicle are not permitted on the 200 hectare island, which is off the East cost of Guernsey.

Since 2001 Herm have been volunteers with the States of Guernsey Fire Service. Prior to this, they were an independent body of volunteers.

Firefighters are alerted to incidents by recorded voice message to mobile phones. The volunteers travel to the fire station which is located centrally on the island. They disconnect the trickle chargers for the pump starter motors and hitch the trailers up to any available tractor or quad bike.

The crew train with firefighters on Guernsey and can call upon their colleagues in the event of a large incident. Should this be needed, the Guernsey firefighters requisition any available boat to sail across to Herm.

The fire station is a wooden building that was opened in 2015. As well as housing the trailers, there is a small room where the firefighters outer clothing and helmets are stored and a large inflatable tent.

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London Fire Brigade BMW i3’s

London Fire Brigade BMW i3’s

These electric vehicles were introduced in 2016 and feature a range-extender engine under the boot floor. This doesn’t power the wheels, it just charges the batteries to double the range from around 180 miles. The car is quick around the streets of the capital with 0-60 in eight seconds and a top speed of 93.

There are 52 vehicles in the fleet (as of August 2016) with the following registration plates:
LF16 EVK, LF16 PTX, LF16 XCE, LF16 YXO, LF16 PNE, LF16 PTY, LF16 YPW, LF16 YXP, LF16 PNL, LF16 PTZ, LF16 YPX, LF16 YXR, LF16 PNO, LF16 PVA, LF16 YPZ, LF16 YXS, LF16 PNU, LF16 PVD, LF16 YRG, LF16 YXT, LF16 PNV, LF16 PVK, LF16 YRK, LF16 YXU, LF16 PNZ, LF16 XBH, LF16 YRM, LG16 AXB, LF16 PPU, LF16 XBM, LF16 YRP, LG16 AXC, LF16 PPV, LF16 XBO, LF16 YXH, LG16 AXK, LF16 PPY, LF16 XBS, LF16 YXJ, LG16 AXM, LF16 PPZ, LF16 XBT, LF16 YXK, LG16 AXN, LF16 PSY, LF16 XBU, LF16 YXL, LG16 AXP, LF16 PTU, LF16 XBV, LF16 YXM, LG16 AXR.

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LX65 BWZ, LX65 BWV London Fire Brigade Nissan Navara

LX65 BWZ, LX65 BWV
London Fire Brigade
Nissan Navara
Unmarked fire vehicles. These are two of five identical cars used for specialist operations. They would normally be deployed on high-risk tasks or when inconspicuity is called for. One use that the crew train for is following behind a lone gunman street attack helping to grab and run with casualties. They would be quickly placed onto a polythene sheet and dragged by two firefighter in bullet proof vests to a place of safety.

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