Getting to the scene of an emergency, whether that be a personal trauma for an individual or an incident that requires an all hands-on-deck response, is the everyday demand of our Emergency Services. They must get to the scene, where they bring control to an out-of-control situation, effectively putting the toothpaste back in the tube.
Like every vehicle on the road, a driver’s reliance on their tyres is vital to the security of all within the vehicle and those they share the road with. Strict walk-around-checks on all emergency vehicles is a daily ritual, where nothing is left to chance, with primary among this, a visual and physical check on each vehicles tyre health.
Choosing a tyre for an Emergency fleet is subject to a lot of criteria, the successful manufacturer and supplier ensuring their product meets the extremes that can occur in their world of organised chaos.
Michelin tyres will now adorn Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, which provides emergency response, prevention and protection services to a population of more than 750,000 people, has a fleet that includes 53 Volvo FL rigid fleet – spread across its 35 stations throughout the county. The Volvo’s will be shod with 285/70 R19.5 Michelin X Multi Z (steer) tyres.
Neil Elmy, Fleet and Equipment Manager at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, commenting on their decision said, “We talked to some other fire and rescue service fleets running a Michelin policy on similar vehicles, and the feedback was very positive. In fact, recent track testing with latest generation products had shown the overall grip and performance of these Michelin tyres to be excellent.”
Designed to blend the lowest cost per mile with all year-round grip, the Michelin X Multi Z (Steer) and D (Drive) tyres feature the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) markings on the sidewall, after passing tests in defined snowy conditions.
All tyre fitting and maintenance will be conducted by Tructyre ATS, with the drive axle tyre being regrooved at 3mm of remaining tread depth, to take advantage of the additional layer of base rubber built in to every Michelin truck tyre as standard.
For further information on the Michelin commercial vehicle tyre range visit http://trucks.michelin.co.uk/