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Romford unveils new model fire engine

PUBLISHED: 09:29 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:33 11 May 2017

Firefighter Steven King.

Firefighter Steven King.

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Fulfilling a personal dream, and that of many pre-schoolers, I got to spend the morning at a fire station to check out their new engine.

The Mercedes vehicle is being rolled out to all fire units in London, and Romford Station, Pettits Lane North, Romford, is the second in London to add the new model to its fleet.

It is kitted out with the latest technology enabling firefighters to be more efficient at rescuing residents.

Not only is it fitted with high pressure hoses which deliver twice as much water than before, but it has a more ergonomic shaped crew cabin, which is more practical for firefighters to change and sit in.

“It’s got that new car smell and when you go to shouts with other stations you can show off the engine a bit,” joked firefighter of 12 years Steven King.

Red Watch at Romford fire station show off the new fire engine. Picture Ken MearsRed Watch at Romford fire station show off the new fire engine. Picture Ken Mears

“It’s exciting and much easier and quicker to get out of – it’s great driving it around the borough.”

Much to the envy of my rescue-obsessed four-year-old, I got the opportunity to sit in the driving seat and check out the equipment.

The dashboard is adorned with buttons but unlike its predecessor it has a knob to electronically turn the water pump on and off. The machine houses 304 items of equipment, including a portable electronic tablet with newly improved sophisticated mapping software.

The EURO VI engine is brilliant for powering the heavy truck whilst still complying with London’s forthcoming ultra low emission zone quotas.

The exterior is just as impressive as the inside and after I got over the beautiful shiny lacquered paintwork I noticed outside cameras and extra reflective markings to help with road safety.

Watch manager Tony Critchell has been working for the brigade for the past 25 years.

He is excited about the new engine which is the first updated model the service had been given in 10 years.

“You may get to see the new fire engine park outside your home if you book a home fire safety visit with us,” said Steven.

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