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Arriva helps local fire fighters hone skills in Harlow

08 June 15

Rather than being sent straight to the scrap yard, an unwanted bus at Arriva’s Harlow depot has been used to help firemen from the nearby fire station practice their rescue techniques.

Arriva’s Assistant Risk Manager Phil Jones explained, “The fire brigade are always looking for new and stimulating ways in which to practice their skills and, rather than simply send one of our buses to be scrapped, Mel Smith, our Harlow Administration Officer, contacted the fire brigade to ask if they would like to practice their rescue skills on one the depot’s end-of-life vehicles.

“Buses are one of the safest modes of transport”, explained Phil, “but by holding this event at our depot as part of our ‘Spring into Safety Campaign’ we were able to remind our drivers of the need to be safety conscious at all times.”

Fire fighters from the nearby fire station were watched by a number of Arriva staff at the bus depot as they practiced gaining access to the vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment and rescuing volunteers safely from the driving cab and passenger areas.”

The Fire Safety Roadshow truck was also on hand at the event to provide Arriva staff with information on safe driving.