New vehicle to help firefighters target wildfires

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A new all-terrain vehicle designed to tackle wildfires across Ryedale is ready to roar into action.

Based at Kirkbymoorside Fire Station, the Argocat will be used by firefighters should there be any incidents on the North York Moors in the summer months.

The eight-wheeler, which replaces the older Scottrack vehicle, can operate in any weather, navigate through mud, snow, sand or marsh land, and is ideal for the woodland areas and the challenging terrain of the North York Moors National Park.

It can be rapidly deployed from one location to another on a road trailer and is capable of travelling at up to 20 miles per hour and carrying 200 litres of water.

The Argocat has already been put through its paces by Kirkbymoorside firefighters from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at a Wildfire District Exercise earlier this month.

Danny Westmoreland, the group manager for Scarborough and Ryedale, said: “This was the first time I have seen the vehicle in use and its performance was very impressive. It enabled crews to get to the seat of fire far quicker that the old vehicle.

“I have had very positive feedback from crews that have been training with it.”




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