Mercedes-Benz Unimogs conquer ice and fire in Cumbria. The versatile Unimog can do the work of many different specialist vehicles. From gritting in winter to mowing in summer, plus dozens of applications in construction, cleaning and transportation, Unimog earns its keep, 365 days a year. The Unimogs are superbly capable and are really the only viable option for the type of terrain we have to deal with. Throughout winter they are right at home on Cumbria’s high fell routes, whatever the weather, and in summer they are perfectly capable of accessing fires which could be miles from the nearest road. The Unimog’s relatively compact footprint is also a useful attribute when working on the narrowest county roads, many of which have high banks or stone walls at either side. Cumbria County Council’s Transport Services Senior Manager, David Jenkinson
The Challenge Cumbria can justly claim to have the highest, most challenging terrain and the worst winter weather conditions of all England’s counties. With a territory that takes in the rugged fells of the Lake District and a chunk of the wild and remote North Pennines, Cumbria County Council needs the toughest, most capable vehicles to clear snow and ice for motorists. Spring brings no respite for the versatile off-road trucks – rather than parking them up and waiting for the temperatures to plummet again, the Council removes their gritting and snow-clearing equipment and replaces it with 2,000 litre demountable water tanks, pumps and hoses. The trucks are then ready to tackle moorland and forest fires in the most hard-to-reach locations.
An all year round 2- in -1 solution Faced with a job of this magnitude, it should be no surprise that highways and fire chiefs rely on a pair of 4x4 Unimogs to spearhead their campaign to keep the county moving. When the going gets tough, the crews responsible for keeping the hill roads open and tackling dangerous wildfires know they can depend on their trusty Mercedes-Benz Unimogs.
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