Newfire truck brings brigade up to date
Gayndah firefighters receive upgraded technology
GAYNDAH Fire Brigade is the proud owner of a new truck.
And it has already been put to good use in two callouts on the weekend.
Gayndah Fire Station captain Ron Mitchell said the new truck attended a structural fire in Station St in Gayndah last Friday.
And it came in handy again the next day at a fire behind shops on Capper St.
The 423 Alpha was received on November 22 as a replacement for one of the station’s two fire trucks.
The new truck is more powerful and better equipped than the 10-year-old vehicle it replaced.
Worth more than $250,000, acting area commander Steve McLaren said the truck was an upgrade for the area.
He said it would bring Gayndah up to date with today’s technology.
“The new cutting gear and better pumps are lightweight and user friendly,” Mr McLaren said.
The truck comes fitted with brand new Matro gear, which is used for cutting vehicles and saving people from car wrecks.
The Matro gear is stronger and heavier duty than the equipment the Gayndah Fire Brigade has been using.
The water pump for the hose is also an improvement, capable of high pressure while the old truck’s pump had only medium pressure.
With the wildfire alert up- graded to level 2 as of last Monday, the new truck will make our firefighters’ duties more manageable in trying conditions.
MORE POWER: Gayndah Fire Brigade is the owner of a new and improved fire truck.