Equip­ment a god­send for fire front­line

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

A new trailer do­nated to the Red­mond fire bri­gade will make re­fu­elling fire trucks with water while on the job an eas­ier task.

The trailer has been do­nated by Western Power and is equipped with a fast-fill pump pro­vided by the City of Al­bany.

The pump is used to re­fill the fire trucks with water from water bod­ies near where they are bat­tling a blaze.

Vol­un­teer fire­fighter Pi­eter Mostert said had the bri­gade had such a trailer, it would have made ac­cess­ing water for their truck dur­ing the the May bush­fire a lot sim­pler.

“In a fire sit­u­a­tion the crews go out with a full tank and once they get to the re­fill stage, this will be very ben­e­fi­cial,” he said.

“The trailer is ef­fi­cient in trans­port­ing the pump to the fire zone, and in our area we have to travel some dis­tance to re­fill the trucks and now we can lo­cate a water source to cut down the travel time. The pump is a semi-base at times, so peo­ple know where to con­gre­gate.

“In the mop up stage we go through a lot of water so this gives us the abil­ity to be close to the mop up or fire.”

The Red­mond fire bri­gade ap­plied for a grant in which it was suc­cess­ful, be­fore con­tract­ing a lo­cal busi­ness to make the $3500 trailer.

Mem­bers within the bri­gade will be as­signed to look af­ter the trailer dur­ing a fire.

Red­mond fire­fighter Pi­eter Mostert, Western Power’s Kurt Wein­hert and the City of Al­bany’s Suzan Lees.

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