New FESS vehicle hits the road

An image of the new FESS vehicle at a launch eventThe British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) has unveiled its modern new vehicle.

Based at Keynsham Fire Station, the service provides round-the-clock support to people affected by fires and floods across the Avon Fire & Rescue Service area.

The FESS has recently been using an 11-year-old loan vehicle, in place of its original 15-year-old modified motor home, which was no longer economical to keep on the road.

But last weekend (Saturday 6 October) the FESS revealed its new customised Fiat Ducato at a launch event at Keynsham Fire Station.

The new vehicle has seating, refreshments and toilet/shower facilities as well as storage space for specialist equipment.

It has more seating than its predecessor, is faster, more manoeuvrable and presents a more modern and professional image.

It will ensure that FESS volunteers will be able to continue to provide practical and emotional support to people in their hour or need.

The FESS service has been running for 17 years, and has helped more than 600 people in the last 12 months.

It relies on a team of dedicated volunteers who turn out at the scene of a house fire to provide support and comfort for those affected.