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Skoda agrees fire brigade fleet deal

Date: 19 November 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Skoda has secured a contract to supply 14 Octavia Scouts to Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The cars are equipped with RSG blue light equipment installed by Cygnal, and a run lock system that allows keys to be removed from the ignition whilst the engine is still running - this is so emergency lights can remain flashing without flattening the battery. 

The model is said to have been chosen by the fire brigade, which runs a 125-strong fleet covering more than 370 square miles in the North East of England, due to its offer of space, low fuel consumption, reliability and value for money. Also said to be important is the Octavia Scout's four-wheel drive ability and additional underbody protection, which allow fire crews to attend situations in all terrain. 

The cars are on a three-year lease through the Volkswagen Financial Services Fleet public sector team, and will be used by officers attending emergency response incidents such as large-scale fires and road traffic collisions. 

Cleveland Fire Brigade director of corporate services Karen Winter said: "This lease deal has allowed us to standardise our fleet, and provide vital vehicles to our flexible duty officers to respond to incidents quickly and safely, in all types of conditions."