North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is taking supply of three SsangYong Musso pickups, marking the first fire service deal for SsangYong Motors UK as it continues to grow its presence in the specialist vehicle market.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service covers an area of 2,400 square miles and the vehicles will be used to provide multi-role support whilst adding an emergency resilience capability for fire officers during extreme weather conditions and other operational duties.
This includes carrying fuel bowsers for large incidents, compact high-pressure firefighting pods, and general station support duties.
Geraint Jones, fleet and engineering manager at North Wales Fire Service, explained: “We need a versatile vehicle that can operate in a number of environments. The Musso is strong, has 4WD capability with a good ground clearance for use in adverse weather conditions such as snow and floods. Our teams have to cope with some of the most extreme and dangerous situations, so we need vehicles that can perform reliably in a wide variety of emergency scenarios.”
Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We’ve been making big strides in the specialist vehicle market and we are delighted that North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is our first fire service! The trucks look amazing and are perfect for the role for which they have been purchased – go-anywhere, value-for-money, rugged 4WD vehicles.”