The Turkish Forestry Commission plans to convert more than 1,500 pick up trucks into small fire intervention vehicles with help from a Norfolk-based company.

Structure-flex Ltd, which manufactures products for the packaging and transportation of bulk liquids including wine from Australia, is supplying six refillable tanks and associated fittings to enable the Turkish Forestry Commission to carry out trials over coming weeks.

The small vehicles will penetrate forests inaccessible to larger vehicles and play a vital role in containing small, localised fires before they can develop.

Each vehicle will carry one of Structure-flex’s 700 litre pillow tanks of water, strapped down with a bellyband harness for stability and safety, and a pump. This equipment turns the pick-up trucks into self-sufficient vehicles that can carry water to places with no natural water supply.

Structure-flex managing director Ian Doughty said: “If the trials are successful, it will open the door to our flexi-tanks playing a vital part in fighting fires in vulnerable forerstry sites.”