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TV documentary makers call on Firetrace to protect their WWI tank

By Mersey Maritime

Fire safety specialist Firetrace works with a diverse range of clients – but it is not often asked to work on a World War I tank.

The Mersey Maritime member, which has a base in Bootle, was contacted by the producers of ‘Guy Martins WW1 Tank’ a one-off TV documentary which was using a newly-built replica of a Mark 4 Female World War Tank for a Remembrance Sunday show.

It was decided to build the replica vehicle as it was the first successful tank to survive the battle of Combrai in France 100 years ago.

Assembled in Norfolk and filmed at various locations, the documentary has also had support from JCB who made various components for the replica, Chastead World Class who made the track plates and Norfolk Tank Museum who supplied the drive train and engine.

Firetrace was approached by the Norfolk Tank Museum because of its experience in designing and installing fire suppression systems for many types of vehicles and applications.

“We wanted to provide the eight people inside the tank with minimum ingress and enough time for get out of the tank safely,” said Steve Machaye from the museum.

Dave Melton, founder of Firetrace, added: “We were honoured to be asked to be part of this special event.”

Firetrace has also been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors.

It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

Tony McDonough

Consultant at YBNews

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Twitter: tonymc39

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TV documentary makers call on Firetrace to protect their WWI tank