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Fire services take delivery of mild hybrid Volvo XC60s

Date: 13 December 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Two fire services have added mild hybrid versions of Volvo's XC60 SUV to their fleet.

In a joint order, Shropshire and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Services have taken on 13 mild hybrids, as part of a total fleet order of 53 XC60s in recent months.

A covert blue light system and communications equipment were added to the XC60s by Volvo's preferred vehicle installation and conversion partner, Jack Hodson Limited, while the boot lining and floor mats were also changed to more practical alternatives.

The fire services are said to have been impressed by factors including the specification, safety and whole life cost performance of the XC60, as they move away from leasing vehicles.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service transport manager Jeffrey Dickson said: "As well as offering generous terrain clearance for rural, off-road and flood driving and a minimum 505-litre boot capacity for carrying heavy but vital equipment, the XC60 delivers a very comfortable and fuel-efficient experience.

"Importantly, as a public sector organisation, whole life costs are critical and the excellent specification of the XC60 was part of its appeal with very few modifications needed to make it fit for purpose."

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service vehicle contracts manager Martin Barclay said: "The fire officers see the XC60 as a premium quality, but hardworking vehicle that makes their job more enjoyable.

"Technological features like the Volvo On Call app, which allows our drivers to remotely defrost the windscreen and heat the car, help when time is of the essence.

"The four wheel drive capability is also a real advantage for the wide range of driving conditions they encounter."