ETRUX Converts Bespoke Vehicles for Lagan Search and Rescue

  • Photo: Mervyn Hamilton, Ian Patterson, Gareth Pinkerton and Stephen Tate.

    The team at ETRUX, a company specialising in vehicle conversions, rental and leasing under the Jans Group, have converted bespoke vehicles to assist Lagan Search and Rescue (LSAR) during their rescue operations.

    Specialising in acute water rescue and offering a lifeboat service for the River Lagan and Belfast Lough and a national flood response unit, the control vehicle and water rescue unit was completed a few weeks ago and will be “instrumental” to the team going forward.

    The new control vehicle and water rescue unit comes fully equipped with all the necessary kit required by the volunteers including a welfare area, a drying room, 360 degree LED scene lighting, an expedition rack, a telescopic communications system and emergency service markings and lights.

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    Additionally, ETRUX completed a minibus with a complimentary rack, camera systems and scene lighting to ensure that the LSAR fleet was fully aligned.

    Noel Keenan from LSAR says the team is “delighted” with the new vehicles and they will be “invaluable” when it comes to future search and rescue operations.

    Mr. Keenan explained: “LSAR volunteers work in extremely demanding circumstances, often having to compete with very challenging conditions We pride ourselves on helping to keep the Belfast community safe and part of doing that is ensuring our volunteers have the most up-to-date equipment, which is why we’ve now added a control vehicle and water rescue unit to our fleet. We are delighted with how the vehicles turned out, which we know will be instrumental in future search and rescue operations.”

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    Speaking about the project, Gareth Pinkerton, Lead Engineer at ETRUX added: “The converted vehicles will hopefully make a big difference to the team when they’re out on-site performing rescue operations. As specialists in vehicle conversions, the ETRUX staff was able to use their expert skills to ensure that the LSAR volunteers would have everything they required and that the vehicle would meet and indeed exceed their expectations.”

    Gareth concluded: “On behalf of the team at ETRUX, we are so proud to have been able to contribute, albeit in a small way, to this extremely worthy organisation.”

    Source: Written from press release.

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