Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will launch its ‘Name the Fire Engine’ competition at next week’s Suffolk Show.

Nine new fire engines are set to be ready for use by the end of 2023, following Suffolk County Council allocating over £5.3m in its 2023/24 budget to replace some of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s current vehicle fleet with state-of-the-art alternatives.

To help celebrate the service’s 75th anniversary this year, Suffolk residents are invited to name the new engines in a competition due to officially launch on 31 May and 1 June.

After the competition closes on Friday, June 30, a judging panel consisting of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s senior fire staff and Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, Cllr Andrew Reid, will decide on the winning names.

Jon Lacey, chief fire officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘It is fantastic news that our service will receive nine replacement fire engines by the end of the year, providing our staff with the best tools possible to help them be swift to serve and ensure that Suffolk remains a safe and healthy place to live.’

Cllr Andrew Reid, cabinet member for Public Health and Public Protection, added: ‘I am delighted that Suffolk County Council has committed to investing over £5.3m in our fire service, supporting our continued ambition to look after the health and wellbeing of our county’s residents.

‘Their new vehicle fleet will also come with a host of cutting-edge technology and environmental benefits; as we work towards becoming a Net Zero authority by 2030.’

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