New fire tanker blazes into action just in time
TALK about good timing.
Last Friday morning, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett attended Childers Fire and Rescue Station for the official handover of the new Isuzu FTR900 for local services.
By Monday afternoon the 2000L urban pumper tanker was thrust into action on numerous occasions as crews from throughout the region fought blazes at Coonarr and Eureka.
The well-timed handover of the $465,000 appliance provided a welcome boost to firefighting efforts as Childers FRS personnel fought the worst fires of the season so far.
The truck was part of the State Capital Expenditure and the North Coast Region vehicle replacement program.
Mr Bennett said he was honoured to represent the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey to officially hand over the new appliance.
He thanked Mr Dempsey for recognising the need in Childers for a new tanker, which came just in time for the crew – who remain on high alert due to the heatwave.
The Childers FRS covers areas including Isis River, Booyal, Dallarnil, Goodwood and Bundaberg.
There are 12 staff stationed at Childers – one captain, two lieutenants and nine auxiliary firefighters.
GOOD CALL: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett at the official handover of the new truck on Friday.