Siemens has given a retired fire truck to not-for-profit organisation Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Preservation Support Service.
Previously housed on Siemens’ Ruston Works in Lincoln, the 23-year-old fire engine will provide operational training and community assistance, allowing the service to carry out charity fundraising events.
LFRPSS, a volunteer group operating for 10 years, already has one of Siemens’ fire trucks in their fleet which has been used in community events and training across the county.
Before they use the new vehicle for events next spring, the engine will undergo thorough safety checks and remedial work will be carried out if needed.
The new vehicle will also be used as part of the Service’s Community Engagement programme, allowing people to see first-hand how the fire service has changed and developed, with a look to what the future may look like.
Siemens has had a volunteer-manned fire engine on site for 10 years. In recent years, alternative processes have been put in place at the site, meaning the fire engine was redundant and had not been used for several years.
Dave Young, Siemens Fire and EHS Officer, said: “Donation of the 23-year-old truck is the next chapter for this vehicle. As well as giving young people a chance to get up close to an engine, it will also be used to support training exercises across the county. I’m pleased we have been able to find a new role for the engine.”
Mark Smith, Group Operations Service Manager LFRPSS, said: “We are truly grateful to Siemens and to everyone who has contributed to the release of the fire appliance. The future of the truck has also been planned so that it can be restored to its formal glory and in doing so it will be around for many more years to come. Its future and its involvement within the group will be fully appreciated and we will always be grateful to Siemens for their support and generosity.”
LFRPSS’ role is to preserve fire service heritage. In addition, it supports the county fire service at station open days, county shows and events where it helps to raise fire safety awareness and engage with the public. It also raises money for the fire fighters and other emergency service charities and helps encourage more people to join the fire service.