Kier donates lorry to aid fire rescue workshops across the UK

 Kier has today donated a lorry to United Kingdom Rescue Operation (UKRO) for the simulation of rescue operations.

The six-wheel, curtain-sided vehicle, which was used by Ayton Products; the highways product manufacturing business of Kier Group, will be used as part of the Education and Development Directorate, initially for the delivery of Heavy Vehicle Rescue Education Workshops at the National Extrication Challenge in Gloucestershire,

The challenge provides a safe and controlled environment in which firefighters from services across the UK can trial innovative techniques and procedures, as well as test new equipment that could ultimately be used at real incidents.

The vehicle will be managed and maintained by Avon Fire Rescue Service (FRS) and also used in regional internal training for the Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset FRS, helping to enhance education in those areas. It will also travel around the UK to various UKRO heavy rescue education events helping to Improve heavy rescue skills and best practice nationally.

Kier managing director for highways, Nigel Dyer, said: “Our fleet has recently been upgraded and we wanted to make sure that our old vehicle was put to good use. We’re delighted to have been able to provide UKRO and Avon FRS with this resource, which will enable them to expand the training that they provide and offer vital experience to help firefighters trial scenarios that can be used in real situations.”

Chair of UKRO, Steve Apter, comments: “To address the growing diversity of rescues that our emergency services undertake we are continually looking at new ways to provide training. This donation will help us to expand in our remit of working with fire services across the UK and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action at the upcoming National Rescue Challenge.”

UKRO’s education workshop lead for extrication and heavy rescue, Gareth Lloyd, says: “This donation from Kier will play a key part in the training and development of firefighters across the UK. We are very grateful for the support as, without it, we can’t offer the breadth of service that we know can make a fundamental difference in the development and innovation of the fire service.”