LJLA commissions its new $1 million 'Striker'
fire and rescue vehicle
LIVERPOOL'S John Lennon Airport have commissioned their
new $1million, 'state of the art' Oshkosh Striker rescue and fire fighting
vehicle and gave employees the chance to see its capabilities with a
demonstration at the Airport's Fire training rig.
Built in the US specifically for the Airport by specialist vehicle manufacturer
Oshkosh Corporation, the 42 tonne airport fire appliance was shipped over to
Liverpool earlier this year and has been undergoing testing and fire crew
familiarisation ahead of coming into service.
The high tech vehicle is capable of 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds, carries 12,000
litres of water and can disperse this a distance of over 90 metres, emptying its
tank in under 2 minutes.
It is also equipped with a High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET),
which allows the Airport fire crews to carry out firefighting whilst operating
the HRET inside the appliance cab, without the crews initially being within the
risk area, viewing all operations through both a colour camera and a Forward
Looking Infrared Camera (FLIR).
The Striker also has a unique feature with its 'Snozzle' that
allows crews to pierce through an aircraft skin and deploy water and foam,
extinguishing any internal fires.
Neil Gyllenship, Fire Service Manager for LJLA commented:- "The Airport
continues to demonstrate further investment into the safety of its passengers
and employees with this vehicle which further enhances the Airport's fire and
rescue capability. This is the latest generation of Airport fire and rescue
equipment currently available and is faster, more economical and more efficient
than many other fire and rescue vehicles."
Commonwealth sports on the
A Min Commonwealth Games village
offering a host of sports for people to try is being created on Liverpool's Pier
Head, on Saturday, 3 September 2016. The aim is to promote the City's intention
to bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2026 and build on the enthusiasm created by
Team GB's success at the Olympics in Rio. A total of 9 sports will be on offer
from 1pm to 5pm in the shadow of the City's world famous Three Graces including
athletics, hockey, cycling, gymnastics and tennis. Some of the sports will be
competitive, with the winners being presented with their medals on a special
podium. Liverpool FC Foundation coaches will be holding football skills training
and also present will be some of the City's Commonwealth Games ambassadors,
including Everton FC legend Graeme Sharp. People will also be able to find
out more about the Fit for Me campaign which is being run by Liverpool City
Council and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Fit for Me is
looking to get everyone in the City more active. There'll be the chance to make
a smoothie using pedal power alone, have a go at doing some gardening or simply
sign up to the Fit for Me e-newsletter and receive a voucher for a free swim at
any Lifestyles centre. More information can be found
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for leisure and culture, Councillor Wendy
Simon, said:- "We have all seen the incredible success that our athletes have
had in Rio recently and we want people who are inspired to get involved in sport
to find out more about what's on offer in the City. It's not about becoming the
next Katarina Johnson Thompson or Bianca Walkden, but is about showing how
enjoyable sport can be and how it can help improve your physical and mental
health and wellbeing. The Pier Head is a great setting to hold this type of
event and, as well as taking part in the sports taster sessions, people will
also be able to spend time in the area to enjoy the activities on offer in the
The event is being sponsored by promotional merchandise firm Wild Thang, who are
providing the medals and winners t-shirts.
Andrew Dwerryhouse Wild Thang Managing
Dierctor said:- "As a local business we were proud to hear Liverpool was
intending to bid for the Commonwealth Games. The potential is huge to make a
difference, creating further regeneration and promoting positive sporting
lifestyle choices to the people in our region and beyond. It's always a special
moment seeing your very own merchandise, branded clothing and print in action,
so now we can't wait to get involved by going for gold on the 3 September 2016!
We hope our involvement is an extra incentive for other companies around the
region to get involved and back the bid."
The full range of sports on offer at the event from 1pm to 5pm will be:-
► Table Tennis.
Liverpool Watersports Centre (Queens Dock) are also offering free sailing and
kayaking taster sessions as part of the day. The activities will start from 9.30
and pre-booking is essential as places are extremely limited. To book call:-
0151 708 9322. The Commonwealth Games Sports Village will form part of the
Liverpool Village, a 3 month summer festival which has seen the Pier Head
transformed into an oasis of culture, music, food and activities.
Martin O'Shea, Managing Director of The
Liverpool Village, said:- "The Liverpool Village team are all excited to
welcome such a great programme to the Pier Head this Saturday. It promises to be
a really fun day out for everyone, with the chance to get involved and try a new
sport out at the same time."