$800,000 pumper for CFA

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page -

COM­MU­NITY safety through­out the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta has been boosted by the ad­di­tion of a new Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity (CFA) re­sponse ve­hi­cle.

Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) on Mon­day handed over an $800,000 heavy pumper to the Wan­garatta Fire Brigade as part of a statewide roll­out of 12 brand new ve­hi­cles.

It will help fire­fight­ers sup­port nearby CFA vol­un­teers for struc­ture fires, ma­jor in­ci­dents and mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents.

The new pumper boasts up­dated lock­ers and stowage to al­low the car­riage of ex­tra road crash res­cue sup­port equip­ment and will re­place the 2012 model cur­rently in use.

Brigade mem­bers will be­gin train­ing next Thurs­day so that 30 staff and 10 vol­un­teers will be pre­pared to op­er­ate the ve­hi­cle.

They will also be able to re­spond to any code zero in­ci­dents to as­sist other emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria, State Emer­gency Ser­vices (SES) and Vic­to­ria Po­lice.

The Wan­garatta brigade’s re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity will in­crease to a 25 kilo­me­tre ra­dius thanks to the ad­di­tion of the heavy pumper.

Op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Trevor Lo­gan said the near­est ur­ban pumper is sta­tioned half an hour away at Be­nalla, and the new ve­hi­cle would mean emer­gency re­sponses could be de­liv­ered sooner.

“To be able to get this ve­hi­cle with a crew min­i­mum of four out the door in 90 se­conds as­sist­ing our ru­ral brigades and SES is a big bonus for com­mu­nity safety,” he said.

“Ru­ral brigades are com- pletely vol­un­teer-based so it’s very hard get­ting a good vol­un­teer crew dur­ing the day be­cause of work.

“Cur­rently ru­ral brigades have to ac­tu­ally call us for sup­port but we will be called to cer­tain types of fires straight away.

“It (the new ve­hi­cle) en­hances not just safety in the Wan­garatta com­mu­nity but in sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties as well.”

Ms Symes said the State Gov­ern­ment was work­ing closely with the CFA to en­sure fire­fight­ers have the in­fras­truc­ture, equip­ment and train­ing re­quired to keep peo­ple safe.

“Wan­garatta Fire Brigade pro­vides an amaz­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity through­out North East Vic­to­ria and this new heavy pumper is a sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tion to its fire­fight­ing arse­nal,” she said.

“This is a good out­come for the com­mu­nity so on the oc­ca­sions fire­fight­ers are needed they can get there sooner.”

PHOTO: Leah An­der­son-Byrne

SAFETY FIRST: Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) and Wan­garatta Fire Brigade op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Trevor Lo­gan said the new ve­hi­cle would boost com­mu­nity safety through­out Wan­garatta and sur­round­ing towns.

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