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Making the grade

Making the grade

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A high-tech emergency livery is showing its true colours after passing the ultimate test in far-flung corners of the world.

Wild weather and difficult terrain combine to create punishing conditions for vehicles in the Falkland Islands – a tiny archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, while the climate and environment in the West Indies pose an altogether different, yet equally demanding challenge.

However, firefighters in both areas have just taken delivery of new AMDAC Carmichael tenders decked out in high-visibility Rennicks NikkaliteFlexible Crystal Grade sheeting and they’re sure the robust and fully compliant livery will help keep residents safe for years to come.

The microprismatic material has been specifically designed for emergency service liveries with high-contrast colours and enhanced retroflectivity ensuring vehicles stand out from the crowd both day and night.

David Skinner, of Rennicks UK, said: “Emergency vehicles are always subject to tough working conditions and that, together with such diverse weather in places such as the Falkland Islands and the West Indies, means the livery has to withstand particularly heavy punishment. However, Nikkalite Crystal Grade is extremely durable and, as it was applied by one of our Gold Converters, it’s guaranteed to provide high visibility for many years.”

Bluelite Graphics, market leaders in the supply of high-visibility markings, created a bespoke livery kit for a water foam tender delivered to Falkland Islands’ Chief Fire Officer, Gardner Fiddes.It has already provided a massive boost to the Islands’ fire service, which is responsible for all 3,000 residents on the remote British Territory and based in the capital, Stanley.

Nikkalite Crystal Grade was also used on a Scania machine sent to Trinidad and Tobago, where it has replaced an existing vehicle at the Atlantic LNG gas processing plant.The Rennicks livery is up to the task in this country too, of course, and AMDAC Carmichael have recently delivered a tactical response vehicle for use on site by the Fire and Rescue Service at BP Saltend Chemical Park in Hull.

Gary Wilkinson, Technical Sales Manager for AMDAC Carmichael, said: “We’re using Nikkalite Crystal Grade for conspicuity on many of our emergency vehicles as it provides a tough, hard-wearing, high-spec solution that’s great to work with. It’s also flexible, cost-effective and fully compliant so it ticks all the boxes as far as we’re concerned.”

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