New fire engine is green on the inside

Watch Manager Peter Everett, Crew Manager Shaun Rogers with firefighters Gavin Moor and Mick Dutton

Watch Manager Peter Everett, Crew Manager Shaun Rogers with firefighters Gavin Moor and Mick Dutton

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IT may look red all over but underneath the bodywork lie some of the greenest credentials.

For the latest fire engine delivered to the Ridge Fire Station is the most eco-friendly ever with most of it recyclable.

The smart red Volvo FL arrived at The Ridge station on Tuesday replacing an older engine which was moved to another station.

Made in Belgium the engine’s body work is made from plastic which is 100 per cent recyclable.

When it comes to the end of its 15-year lifespan, the bodywork can be remade into items like plastic cups or hats.

The machine boasts a seven-litre diesel engine which generates 290 horsepower and speeds of more than 70mph.

The engine’s chassis is 80 per cent recyclable as most of its metal parts can be melted down and reused.

Crew manager Shaun Rogers is looking forward to getting to grips with the machine.

He said: “We are always quite excited when we take stock of a new fire engine.

“But this one is something special.

“We’ve given it the nickname of the Tupperware engine as there’s so much plastic. It’s great to know that after the end of its life we can do our bit to save the planet.”