New­fire truck brings bri­gade up to date

Gayn­dah fire­fight­ers re­ceive up­graded tech­nol­ogy

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Bran­don Livesay

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.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

MORE POWER: Gayn­dah Fire Bri­gade is the owner of a new and im­proved fire truck.

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