LIMERICK City Fire and Rescue service has officially taken possession of a new water tanker which will enhance the service it provides within the city and its environs.
The state-of-the-art tanker, which cost €175,000, can hold up to 8,500 litres of water and is one of only a handful of such tankers in the country.
The body of the water tanker has been made from recycled plastic and, in addition to being used as a support vehicle in fire and rescue situations, it can also be used to distribute drinking water to members of the public if necessary.
“It is a significant improvement and it will allow us to cover an extended area and greater risks and it an upgrade of an existing tanker which has been decomissioned,” said Chief Fire Officer, Michael Ryan.
The new fire tender, which was entirely funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, was manufactured by High Precision Motor Products which is based in Tullow, County Carlow.
“Basically, it is a water tanker but the main difference to what’s out there at the moment is that its made from recycled plastic instead of stainless steel which means it has a higher capacity,” explained Noel Howard, managing director of High Precision, Motor Products.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, who officially received the keys to the new vehicle says the fire tender will be a major addition to the fleet of fire service vehicles in the city.
“Any new addition that will help to keep people safe has to welcomed and it is only right that we should have the best of equipment,” he said,