Millions spent on new fire engines

MILLIONS of pounds have been invested in new life-saving equipment for the region.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service has unveiled six new engines worth a total of �2.4million.

Two turntable ladders and four combined rescue pumps have been put through their paces during training.

The combined rescue pumps, which cost nearly �340,000 each, can perform the duties of a traditional pump and a rescue tender, which carries specialist equipment for use in incidents like traffic collisions.

Chief fire officer Kevin Pearson said: “The combination of two vehicles into one represents a considerable saving.”