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Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) was looking for a mobile tyre inflation solution that would enable its fleet operators to inflate fire engine tyres up to the required psi, often 130psi or above, quickly, safely and efficiently.

Commercial fleets typically return to a single operating centre which have fixed air compressors with piped outlets. Although these ‘fixed’ installations deliver higher pressures and volumes for commercial fleets, it is cost prohibitive to install such systems at numerous, remote rural or urban fire stations.

What did PCL do?

PCL and ECFRS worked together to design and develop a prototype unit which features two BA cylinders connected to a digital gauge and inflation hose on a cart for maximum manoeuvrability. Cleverly-designed, the unit is small but stable and allows the operator to preset the tyre pressure on the unit to inflate the tyres automatically. With an internal rechargeable battery, the unit is completely mobile and can be easily manoeuvred around the appliance bay. The innovative cart will be approximately a half to a third of the cost of a mobile hydravane and significantly cheaper than fixed installations. It has the potential to save considerable costs, not just for ECFRS, but also nationally, and in any stations that do not have a fixed airline.

The result

ECFRS has already received delivery of 20 of the bespoke units from PCL and there has been interest from several other fire services around the UK. This partnership with ECFRS underlines PCL’s commitment to innovation, all of which takes place in its R&D centre at its head-office in Sheffield, and its desire to bring to market, robust, reliable, safe and accurate tyre inflation systems.

Get involved

Like what you hear and want to play a part in making our roads safer, then simply contact TyreSafe on 01787 226995.