Equipment a godsend for fire frontline
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.