A new High Volume Pump (HVP) Ramping Module became operationally available on 1 November 2014. The module has been developed as a collaborative project between the National Resilience HVP Capability Team and Babcock Critical Services Ltd, supported by West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in hosting the asset and providing a significant enhancement to the mobilisation of the cache of 21 strategic reserve HVP ramp sets.
The HVP Ramping Module will assist an affected Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) to resource any major incident involving HVPs which requires a significant amount of additional HVP hose ramping capability. Its deployment will enhance the operational response and maintain maximum business continuity for local communities.
The module is permanently located at WMFS’s Sheldon Fire Station in Birmingham – the optimum strategic location when taking into consideration the footprint of the national HVP Capability, along with access and proximity to the national motorway network. A formal handover took place at Sheldon on 31st October.
Area Commander Mark Harper of WMFS said: “It is a great honour to be able to accept this national asset on behalf of WMFS from CFOA National Resilience. This is currently the only unit of its kind available nationally. To be able to manage this resource derives benefits for WMFS, in both supporting our local communities within the West Midlands along with the national HVP capability. This underpins the commitment of the WMFS to supporting national scale emergencies whenever possible.”
Brian Ward (National Resilience Officer) added: “It is absolutely outstanding that WMFS has very kindly accepted the HVP Ramping Module in support of the national HVP capability assets and operations. I am extremely thankful and grateful to the service and I was immensely pleased and proud to attend the handover ceremony. Sincere thanks to Area Commander Mark Harper and Sheldon Blue Watch for the great welcome they gave to us all.”
Martin Audis (Operations Manager) for Babcock Critical Services stated: “It is both a pleasure and an exciting opportunity for Babcock Critical Services to have been able to support the development of this module in order to further enhance the national HVP capability. Babcock is committed to the ongoing delivery of critical operational and maintenance support to all of the national resilience capabilities within FRSs on behalf of DCLG.”
For more details, contact Steve Ray (HVP Capability Lead – CFOA National Resilience Team) on 07973 467 647 or via e-mail [email protected]
Pictured left to right: WMFS Area Commander Mark Harper; Brian Ward, National Resilience Officer; Martin Audis, Babcock Operations Manager; WMFS Firefighter John Delaney; WMFS Watch Commander Neil Billingsley.
(Photo courtesy of West Midlands Fire Service)