Sellers Containers, part of Egbert Taylor Group, has launched a new product for the emergency services after developing a bespoke plant flat container in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
The plant flat, which is typically designed to transport plant and machinery, has been created to support GMFRS’s technical response unit by storing and transporting timber required to shore up collapsed buildings.
Until now GMFRS, which is one of the largest fire and rescue services outside of London, covering 500 square miles, 41 fire stations and two and a half million people, has relied on other fire and rescue services for its timber shoring supplies. However the time and logistics required to transport timber from outside Greater Manchester would cause delays in rescue operations.
Val Hussain, Station Manager and Resilience Team Leader at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, comments:
“We’re a large fire and rescue service with two Technical Response Units, both of which include personnel who are highly trained in urban search and rescue operations. As a result, we have a number of special appliances equipped with a comprehensive range of kit to deal with the typical urban search and rescue incidents encountered throughout Greater Manchester. The only thing we didn’t have was the ability to store and transport timber to support these types of incidents. We presented Sellers with our problem and they created a solution that now makes us 100 per cent self-sufficient and will increase our response time whenever shoring is required.”
GMFRS’s plant flat deck length is 6.3 metres long and has been designed to ratchet timber down from the unit. Unlike traditional plant flats Sellers’ emergency rescue unit includes side supports and two cages to house additional emergency services equipment. The unit is also fitted with a heavy-duty ramp to the rear should the service need to convert the flat into a unit capable of moving small vehicles used on moorland fires.
Stephen Leach, Technical Field Sales Manager at Egbert Taylor Group, adds:
“Each and every sector has its own requirements for industrial containers. Sometimes the difference of a couple of inches in height, or the absence of sidewalls, means that what works for one customer doesn’t work for another. In line with Sellers’ reputation for creating bespoke containers we took a collaborative approach to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s needs and created a solution that met their exact requirements. The end result is a solution that can now support major fire and rescue incidents throughout the UK.”
All territories covered by GMFRS including Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan will now have access to the plant flat, which is based at Bolton Central Fire Station.
For more information on Sellers’ ability to cater for the emergency services or to commission a container based on a specification contact 01299 251333 or email [email protected]
For more information, go to www.sellerscontainers.co.uk