Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has taken delivery of 12 Skoda Kodiaqs, with a further five due to join the fleet this year.
The emergency service operates over 750 square miles and relies on its fleet to provide rapid support to 999 emergencies.
The all-terrain capability of the Kodiaq was a vital requirement of the fire service in order to get to people in any environment quickly and safely.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s fleet manager Andrew Welton said: “We cover a largely rural area and our Flexi Duty Officers need more flexibility with an off-road fleet that is practical for both people and equipment.
“The Kodiaq’s performance, combined with Skoda’s ability to provide cars fully converted, met all of our criteria.”
The vehicles have been modified to suit the Fire and Rescue Service’s needs and includes covert blue lights, blue light brake enhancements and a fixed load guard in the boot to prevent the shifting of equipment.
Skoda fleet offers a ‘one-stop shop’ package for emergency services fleets, which allows vehicles to be purchased directly or financed through Volkswagen Financial Services.