Dunedin fire engine forced off road by nationwide recall

A Dunedin fire appliance has been taken off the road after a nationwide recall of a specific type of truck.

Twenty-three fire appliances introduced in 2015 have been taken out of service across the country after cracks were discovered during a certificate of fitness inspection.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand strategy and capability development deputy chief executive Russell Wood said the cracks were discovered around the steel framing that supported the side lockers and other external areas of the trucks.

"We have 47 Fraser-MAN Type Three trucks across the country ...

Forty-two of these have been inspected for cracks so far and cracks have been identified in 23 of these, one in Dunedin."

The Dunedin appliance had been taken out of service to be repaired and had been replaced with a relief truck in the meantime.

"The relief trucks we are deploying in place of the trucks being assessed are in constant use and often used as part of our normal procedures when others are being serviced or repaired.

"We are moving trucks around the country as required to ensure there is sufficient coverage, as per our normal processes."

A heavy vehicle engineer assessing the trucks said cracks in the structural supports were not a safety issue for crews or the public.

"As a precaution, if any cracks are found, the truck will be taken off the road to be repaired."

Mr Wood said Fenz was working with suppliers to identify the cause and fix the issue across the trucks.

"The solution will also be designed into all future Fraser-MAN Type Three trucks introduced into the fleet."

It was not known when the appliance would be back in service or what the cost would be.

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