Bovey Tracey Fire Station said farewell to a specialist appliance that has been based in the town for the past two years

The Incident Support Unit, or ISU, has provided additional equipment and crews to major incidents throughout Devon and Somerset since being based at the station.

It has been deployed to numerous shouts since its arrival in 2019 including the Totnes bus crash, a large fire in the open in Kingswear followed immediately by a children’s nursery fire in Newton Abbot last year and the recent two large building fires in Somerset.

The ISU has also proved to be extremely valuable during the pandemic as it has provided crews with the opportunity to fully clean and sanitise breathin apparatus equipment as well as having access to hot water for hand washing.

The ISU moved to its new home station at Martock in Somerset at the end of last month.

However, as one appliance leaves a new one arrives, and Bovey’s station is now in procession of a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle.

The ATV is equipped with a fogging unit which is ideal for fighting fires on the moors and other hard to access areas.

It will be mobilised alongside the station’s 4x4 Ranger and is capable of driving off road in all kinds of weather conditions.