St Helens in a league of their own
ST HELENS COUNCIL HAS TAKEN DELIVERY OF SIX NEW DENNIS EAGLE VEHICLES TO REPLACE OLDER MODELS IN ITS 30-STRONG REFUSE COLLECTION FLEET. THE ORDER FORMS PART OF A FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WHICH WILL SEE THE PROVISION OF OVER 80 VEHICLES TO 12 LOCAL AUTHORITIES OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD.
The Elite 6 6x2 rear steer chassis feature Olympus 21 wide bodies, all fitted with Terberg OmniDEKA bin lifts. Steve Marsh, Transport Manager for the Council, comments: “This is the first time we have purchased Dennis Eagle chassis, and the order was placed following a competitive tender process.
“We invited several manufacturers to take part in product demonstrations with our drivers and crews as part of this process, and it was felt that Dennis Eagle was the best match for our requirements in terms of quality and specification, while also offering the best overall value.
“As part of the agreement, Dennis Eagle and Terberg will also be providing body, chassis and bin lift ‘train the trainer’ training. This will provide eight of our frontline supervisors with the ability to deliver in-house training to our staff, with the added benefit that we can ensure that all team members – including any new employees or agency workers – are equipped with the knowledge and skills to operate the vehicles safely and efficiently at all times.
“One of Dennis Eagle’s engineers from their Manchester Service Centre has also provided our fitters with an overview of the products, and it is likely that we will send our workshop staff on a more extensive course at Dennis Eagle’s Warwick head office as the vehicles near the end of their three-year warranty period.”
Matt Horwell, Regional Sales Manager at Dennis Eagle, says: “It’s great to be working with the team at St Helens, and we look forward to continuing to support the Council and associated local authorities through the provision of products, training and aftermarket services over the duration of this framework agreement.”