LEDBURY Fire Station has taken delivery of a brand new fire engine.

Crews at the Bye Street headquarters have been joined by nine other stations across Herefordshire and Worcestershire in enjoying the benefits of using the latest additions to the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service fleet.

Each fire engine includes a 3,000-litre water tank, increasing the volume by 40% - and the weight of the fully loaded vehicle to 15 tonnes.

The latest cutting gear and radio systems can be found on each vehicle that is also provided with a 3,000-litre dam, to enable water to be stored while more is collected.

Six cameras around each fire engine give 360 degree CCTV, offering benefits for incident review and driver training.

“The new, much larger water capacity means that there is much more time to attack the fire before the arrival of a water carrier,” said Ledbury’s Station Commander Adrian Thompson.

“This means that the crew can attack the fire much more efficiently and quickly.

He added: “It’s not just a brand-new fire engine, it’s also kitted out with the latest equipment.

“It’s a massive step forward.”