Northumberland (UK) Has New Tools to Tackle Wildfires

Firefighters in Northumberland have some brand new equipment which will help them tackle wildfires.

The new equipment for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was funded by a sustainable development grant from the Northumberland National Park.

It will better prepare the fire service for the wildfire risks attached with the changing climate of longer, drier summers.

Firefighters will be well equipped and ready for wildfire threats with almost 60 pieces of new gear.

The equipment will be kept at the Wooler, Rothbury and Bellingham Fire Stations so it is on hand in case of emergencies within the Northumberland National Park.

This will also give fire crews at these stations training opportunities to try out this equipment.

The equipment includes 20 pulaskis, a tool resembling an axe, which chops through vegetation to head off the spread of wildfires.

The fire service will also receive 18 long-handled beaters. As their name suggests, they are used to beat out fire with the long handle keeping firefighters further away from the blaze. The latest beaters are made from lightweight metal instead of wood so firefighters can work for longer.

A minimum of 10 backpack sprayers will also be available, enabling firefighters to get water to remote areas where a fire engine could not reach.

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