Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service has added eight new Vauxhall Grandland X models to its fleet.
The vehicles will be used by officers to respond to incidents within the local community, including fire and emergency response.
The Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service opted for the Grandland X in Tech Line Nav trim with the All Road Pack, which features IntelliGrip traction control system. It ensures optimum road grip in diverse driving situations and adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels depending on which of the five driving modes has been selected. This ensures the best traction and stable handling on any surface, including snow, mud and sand.
Additional features to come with the Grandland X Tech Line Nav trim include numerous safety and security systems, such as parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, lane assist and side blind spot alert.
The SUVs are fitted with 1.5-litre (130PS) diesel engines.
“We were looking for an appropriate response vehicle to meet the demands of the diverse nature or Cornwall’s rugged landscape,” said Mark Salter, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service’s group manager – Assets.
“As a rural county, our officers are required to negotiate narrow B-roads, unmade tracks and agricultural terrain, as well as coping with dramatic seasonal changes throughout the year. Typically, Cornwall has a higher degree of rainfall than other parts of the country. As a result, we needed a vehicle that would provide sufficient ground clearance and traction to safely manoeuvre through and over these hazards, to arrive safely and promptly at emergency incidents.”