Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has returned to fitting Michelin tyres on its heavy fire appliances after receiving positive feedback from other stations across the UK praising the tyres’ exceptional grip and stability in all weather conditions.
The service has moved from a competitor fitment to 285/70 R19.5 Michelin X Multi Z (steer) tyres, which are being rolled out as wear dictates across its 53 Volvo FL rigid fleet – spread across 35 stations throughout the county.
Commenting, Neil Elmy, Fleet and Equipment Manager at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “We talked to some other fire and rescue service fleets running a Michelin policy on similar vehicles, and the feedback was very positive. In fact, recent track testing with latest generation products had shown the overall grip and performance of these Michelin tyres to be excellent.”
Designed to blend the lowest cost per mile with outstanding grip all year round, the Michelin X Multi Z (Steer) and D (Drive) tyres feature the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) markings on the sidewall, after passing tests in defined snowy conditions.
All tyre fitting and maintenance will be conducted by Tructyre ATS, with the drive axle tyre being regrooved at 3mm of remaining tread depth, to take advantage of the additional layer of base rubber built in to every Michelin truck tyre as standard.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provides emergency response, prevention and protection services to a population of more than 750,000 people.