Weston firefighters first to have a hovercraft

FIREFIGHTERS in Weston have been showing off the newest addition to their team.

FIREFIGHTERS in Weston have been showing off the newest addition to their team.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service is the first in the UK to receive a hovercraft to help with its duties and it was officially launched yesterday (Wed).

Members of the Coastguard, the RNLI and Avon Fire Authority were on hand to explain how it will be used to rescue people who get stuck in the mud along Weston's seafront.

It will cover the shoreline between Brean Down and Sand Bay and will also be used during times of flooding.


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Crews are currently being trained to use the hovercraft and it is expected to be in full operation in time for the busy summer season.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service chief executive Kevin Pearson said: "Not only will it mean we can reach trapped casualties in a few minutes, but it will also ensure the safety of our firefighters, who until now have had to walk out on to the mud and risk becoming stuck themselves.

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