New fire engines for Kilmelford, Craignure, Garelochhead, and Port Charlotte

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Kilmelford, Craignure, Minard, Garelochhead and Port Charlotte fire stations will each receive a new £195,000 Rapid Response Unit fire engine.

The new vehicles will be kitted out with the latest firefighting equipment.

Each features an ultra-high pressure lance system that allows firefighters to attack a blaze from outside a building, a positive pressure ventilation fan to allow faster access into a burning property and a thermal image camera.

The bespoke appliances can carry up to four firefighters, are more agile than their traditional counterparts and have been designed to meet the needs of Scotland’s most rural areas.

Paul Devlin is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s local senior officer for Argyll and Bute, and East and West Dumbarton. He said: ‘This technology is fast, efficient and proven.

‘With it our crews can begin firefighting within seconds of arrival by cutting straight to the heart of the flames.

‘Combined with this new state-of-the art appliance, our retained and volunteer firefighters will be able to respond quickly and decisively to keep saving lives in Argyll and Bute.’