New fire tanker blazes into ac­tion just in time

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOOD CALL: Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett at the of­fi­cial han­dover of the new truck on Fri­day.

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