HUDDERSFIELD has a new £1/4m firefighting appliance.
The high-tech Bronto Skylift is now at the fire station and is one of only three in West Yorkshire.
The others are at Leeds and Bradford.
The 17-tonne aerial platform is much more advanced than the hydraulic platform it has replaced.
The hydraulic boom stretches up to 110ft - at least 10ft higher than the hydraulic platform - but also swivels round, so that when the boom is lowered it actually dips down about 10ft below ground.
This means it can be used in river rescues, to help pluck people from the water. Firefighter Steve Shaw, who is training colleagues on the Bronto, said: "It can be used for high-rise incidents - such as fires in flats and mills - and also low- level rescues below ground level.
"It will now be sent to all water rescues including rivers, lakes and ponds."
The Bronto was sent to the search for a man lost in the River Calder at Ravensthorpe the day after it went into use at Huddersfield.
It was also used to help the RSPCA rescue a cat stuck at the top of a tree in Oastler Avenue, Springwood, on Tuesday.
High-technology equipment on the Bronto includes a camera which is fixed to the boom and linked to a monitor next to the operator's seat.
This means water can be poured on to a fire with the firefighter still on the ground, working the boom from a safe distance.
Firefighter Shaw added: "The Bronto is far superior to anything we have had before. It is exceptionally stable and you feel confident 110ft high up in the air."
It is the same length as the usual fire engines based at Huddersfield.
It is also more manoeuvrable in residential streets than the previous hydraulic platform.