The ALP is traditionally used at incidents with high rise buildings, where water may be used from height to control a fire. It is also used to rescue people from heights, such as a block of flats. Crews are currently training on how to use the ALPs new features since it arrived at Humberside.
Rob Lashley, Vehicle and Equipment Officer a Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It has many new features that exceed the older model, it has a reach of up to 32 meters and is much quicker to set up than our previous ALP. The fact it can be set up as a water tower and pump out nearly 400 litres minute could prove invaluable at large scales fires, the water monitor can also operate by remote control, which makes it more flexible. The cage has adjustable sides for emergency access; this will provide safer rescues for wheelchair users.”
HFRS will soon be acquiring a new command unit where the ALP will be able to feedback live video footage to by remote control, this will assist with managing and coordination incidents, particularly those where a view from height is necessary.
The new appliance is based at Calvert Lane Fire Station in Hull, with the ALP based at Bridlington Fire Station due to be replaced with the new model within the next twelve months