Alpha Recovery has put a new ultra-high specification Volvo FH13.540 rigid recovery vehicle into service to coincide with a major operational expansion programme for the north east-based company.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the 6,000mm wheelbase 8×4 T-Ride chassis is designed for a maximum 120-tonne operation. Powered by Volvo’s D13K engine rated at 540hp, the FH also features an I-Shift Crawler automated transmission with ultra-low crawler gears and deep multi-speed reversing gears.

Alpha Recovery also opted for uprated steel parabolic spring suspension for the eight tonne front axles. The Globetrotter Cab comes with a Single Bed living package, an under-bunk fridge freezer and leather trims.

NRC Industries in Canada manufactured the Composite Sliding Rotator (CSR) 50/65 recovery bodywork, and was fitted by York-based, Dave Bland Engineering. The 50-tonne CSR can operate at its maximum capacity with its boom retracted to first stage, whilst the extended third stage boom has a 12-tonne lift capacity.

Recovery Manager Simon Narey said: “Our new Volvo recovery vehicle represents a substantial investment and has now been in service for around three months. The FH takes over as our fleet flagship from a Classic FH16-660 8×4 rigid and the newcomer has already proved its worth on several recovery jobs.”

Simon continues, “We’ve used Volvos for over 30 years it’s always been our number one marque. Currently we’ve an FMX rigid in build, which will be our first Volvo fitted with Tandem Axle Lift.

“With a number of city low emission zones now on the near horizon, we’re looking to invest in a modern fleet and the FH fits the bill. The new truck’s capabilities are impressive; it regularly assists the Fire and Rescue Services. The vehicle can turn its hand to anything and recently lifted a damaged, disused railway bridge out of harm’s way.”