Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will move its heavy fire appliances to a 100 per cent Michelin policy, after testing demonstrated the tyres could outperform its existing competitor fitments.
Fire Service Commits to Michelin
The service called on Michelin to demonstrate the capabilities of its 315/70 R 22.5 X Multi Z tyre, as it explored options for replacing its existing policy, which was not delivering on longevity.
Testing was conducted at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, with the all position tyre fitted to a laden Scania P280. Testing on the skid pan surface demonstrated the X Multi Z tyre maintained exceptional grip and stability, even with all safety devices deactivated.
Wayne Bartram, Transport and Engineering Manager at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, says: “The intention of the trial was to find a tyre that delivered exceptional grip and longevity, as our current tyres were wearing quickly.
“The performance of the X Multi tyres really impressed us on every level. Our vehicles are required to make swift progress under blue-light conditions, in all weathers, and tyre performance is key to the safety and efficiency of our fleet.”
Designed to blend the lowest cost per mile with outstanding grip year-round, the Michelin X Multi Z tyres will be fitted across the remaining 43 heavy fire appliances as wear dictates, with existing fitments moved between appliances to ensure vehicles transition to the full Michelin policy in one go.
Tyres will be supplied and fitted by Tructyre ATS and will also be regrooved once they reach 3.0mm of remaining tread depth, to take advantage of the additional layer of base rubber built in to every Michelin truck tyre as standard.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue provides emergency response, prevention and protection services across the county, covering Bedford, Kempston, Luton and Dunstable. It is responsible for a population of 620,000 within an area of approximately 476 square miles.