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Iveco Daily 50C17/AES DIM unit London FB MX09PJO
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No: 40812   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2017   Manufacturer: Iveco   Country: United Kingdom
Iveco Daily 50C17/AES DIM unit London FB MX09PJO

20th November 2017 on a gloomy afternoon, Sebert Road, Forest Gate, East London. DIM unit Lambeth; FRUs from Euston (rear of photo)and Lewisham, (neither local)and Command Unit plus two Mark 3 Atego pumps attend a chemical incident in a domestic property Cranmer Rd E7.
DIM units were funded by UK government; they are unmarked with brigade logos and white not red. They identify unknown chemicals and help with London resilience and national CBRN capabilities. Not always easy to photograph because of security links to their use in these times of various threats.
Vehicles fitted out for government by AES(autoelec); this company was acquired by AssetCo and failed with them a few years ago. See picture #32944 for another example. Equipment provided for each team includes an infrared spectroscope, radiation survey meters, gas detectors and instruments for chemical vapour and isotope identification. Communication systems, satellite telephones and data transfer equipment are also carried. Gas-tight suits and breathing apparatus, together with a decontamination structure. The DIM team will be able to detect and analyse a range of chemicals found in different states - gases and vapours, solids including powders, liquids, radiological materials and biological hazards. The concentration of gases in the air can be assessed and operational and environmental hazards can be monitored. (info Roger Mardon)

Picture added on 24 November 2017 at 14:02
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We had a DIM Unit at Duffryn, Newport (South Wales) during the four and a half years that I was a Watch Commander there.
Late one afternoon I had the "pleasure" of driving it to Fishguard in west Wales, 108 miles on lights and sirens, much of the way with a police escort. Horrible things to drive, they handle like a Hippo on a skateboard, especially when cornering !!!!

Added by Andy Fish on 25 November 2017.
I heard that these DIM units sport this rather plain and unassuming livery with no worded decals so as not to unnecessarily alarm an already jittery public -- particularly in these "scary" times that we all now find ourselves! How ridiculous! If you ask me someone's missed a trick there. The public NEED to be informed, and they also NEED constant reminders. So if these units had emblazoned on every side of them in huge day-glow letters something like: 'STAY BACK! DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION & MONITORING UNIT', or even: 'BAD GUY'S NASTY STUFF DETECTION VAN. SO DO ONE!', they'd not only grab the public's attention but also help to focus their minds somewhat -- whether it be at a regular hazmat incident or in attendance at something more sinister. Desperate times an' all...

As they are they do nothing by blending in unnoticed. So picture the scene: the local constabulary are attempting to shepherd an apathetical crowd away from a potential terrorist attack, a dirty bomb or poisonous gas attack. They're not interested in being dispersed; they just want to film something with their smartphones. And then one of these nondescript white vans comes lollopping around the corner like a hippo on a skateboard (love it, Andy!!!) What does Joe Public do? They stop to look, and they think: "No, don't panic, anyone; It can't be anything too serious. The electricity board are here now.... It's only a power cut by the looks of things.... Probably from the National Grid.... Or perhaps the drains are blocked and these guys are here to unblock them, beacuse there's an awful gassy smell around here.... I think I'll hang around for a bit and see what's going on... Then again it could just be a burger van. Mmm, I'm quite peckish actually.... I think I'll just take a pho--"

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 18 April 2018.
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