New fire trucks roll into action at airport

Alisdair Couper, Managing Director at Terberg DTS
Alisdair Couper, Managing Director at Terberg DTS
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Manchester Airport’s Fire Service has officially unveiled six new state-of-the-art Oshkosh Global Striker Vehicles, supplied by Oshkosh’s UK distributor Terberg DTS, based in Elland.

The deal is part of a £4.2million investment into the airport fire operation.

The six new Oshkosh fire vehicles from Terberg DTS are equipped with the latest technology to assist in making firefighting operations safer, including Forward Looking Infra-Red Cameras, High Reach Extendable Turrets, also known as ‘Snozzles’, and more environmentally-friendly foam.

With all six fire vehicles manufactured in and shipped from Wisconsin, USA, over the last three months, the sixth and final vehicle arrived at the airport in late September.

All 84 firefighters who are based at Manchester Airport are now fully trained to use the vehicles and equipment.

Alisdair Couper, Managing Director at Terberg DTS, said: “The continued success that we are enjoying here at Terberg DTS is resulting in us investing heavily in staff.

“In any business the quality of your staff cannot be underestimated, at Terberg DTS we pay close attention to ensuring all of our staff are fully trained and undergo continuous personal development programmes.

“Recently seven of our staff have achieved successful qualification from modern apprenticeships in Mechanical Engineering to Business Management BA honours Degrees.

“These qualifications allow them to further their current career roles and act as a springboard for future personal success.

“Terberg DTS’s involvement in supplying specialist vehicles to the industrial, distribution, seaport and defence sectors present many different challenges and we are always on the lookout for enthusiastic people who are willing to learn and grow with the company.”

The new fire vehicles were showcased to 150 guests at an event held at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park. Guests from emergency services around the country as well as MAG colleagues, former Manchester Airport firefighters, Oshkosh and Terberg DTS representatives.