Arriva SC helps firemen
Rather than sending it to a scrap yard, Arriva Southern Counties has donated an unwanted bus at its Harlow depot to the nearby fire station. The firefighters used the vehicle to practice their rescue techniques at the operator’s site. The Fire Safety Roadshow truck was also on hand on the day to provide Arriva staff with information on safe driving. The bus used for the exercise was a 1999 Volvo B6BLE with Wright ‘Crusader’ bodywork. It was painted in the Network Harlow two-tone blue livery that is now being discontinued in favour of the reintroduction of the Arriva brand to Harlow. This follows the return of the local operation by Arriva from the former TGM Group.
Arriva Southern Counties’ Assistant Risk Manager, Phil Jones, said, ‘The fire brigade are always looking for new and stimulating ways in which to practice their skills and, rather than simply send one of our buses to be scrapped, Mel Smith, our Harlow Administration Officer, contacted the fire brigade to ask if they would like to practice their rescue skills on one the depot’s end-of-life vehicles. Buses are one of the safest modes of transport, but by holding this event at our depot as part of our “Spring into Safety Campaign” we were able to remind our drivers of the need to be safety conscious at all times.’