Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims I was interested to read of the debacle at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Services.  They took possession of two new fire engines in January 2010 known as aerial rescue pumps.  However, they have been unable to use them as the engines in the vehicles are too noisy for both the public and the firefighters!
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Unused fire engines because they are too noisy!

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The new fire engines were supposed to provide cutting edge technology by combining the attributes of an ordinary fire engine and that of a high rise ladder.  They were intended to help the service make savings.  However, given they have not been used to respond to a 999 call in the last 16 months this has not been the unfortunate case.
Fire chiefs have claimed the fire engines cannot be used as they are so noisy they are deemed a possible health and safety risk.  The fire enginers would have cost a whopping £1,000.000 to buy but Derbyshire lease them at a cost of £119,000.00 per year.
Derbyshire have failed to identify the supplier or manufacturer of the fire engines, other stations have reported technical issues with the aerial rescue pumps, and it is not known if Derbyshire were aware of these additional problems at the time of ordering or whether the enginers were made or supplied by the same company.
The excessive noise came to light during training on the new engine and was immediately identified as a health issue.
I would question why this apparent fault was not detected earlier and the answer to this appears to lie at the currently unknown manufacturers door.
Karen Hayden is a Legal Executive in the Personal Injury team

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