Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will move its heavy fire appliances to a 100 per cent Michelin tyre policy, after tests on a laden Scania P280 demonstrated the tyres maintained exceptional grip and stability, even with all safety devices deactivated.
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.
Commenting, Wayne Bartram, Transport and Engineering Manager at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, says: “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.