South Yorkshire fire crews have asked for controversial new vehicles to be taken out of service until a full investigation into serious safety failures has been completed. There are a host of safety concerns.
The vehicles, known as CARPs (Combined Aerial Rescue Pump) are a cross between a traditional fire engine and a high reach rescue platform. They have been dogged by problems since they came into use in the UK.
The Fire Brigades Union issued a Safety Critical Notice on 3 November to South Yorkshire fire service and crews are refusing to use the rescue platform on the hybrid vehicle. There have been continuous problems with the vehicles since their introduction in South Yorkshire.
This highlighted the view of the Fire Brigades Union that these vehicles are not fit for purpose and are a serious threat to the safety of the crews and the public who may require them. The FBU have requested that these vehicles be taken out of use until a full investigation into the failures is complete.
Fire Crews across South Yorkshire, have refused to use the vehicle as a rescue platform, until such time as they are deemed safe. Managers insist the vehicles are safe and they will remain in use.
Sarah Eratt, South Yorkshire FBU Brigade Chair said: â€œThere are three other vehicles we can use for high reach rescues. But fire crews have been warned if these are used the fire service will remove a standard fire engine from use.
â€œThis is a reckless approach. Fire crews have genuine Health & Safety concerns in using these appliances and fear that the problems experienced could put the crews, and members of the public, in grave danger.â€