State-of-the-art tankers join Victoria’s fire fighting fleet
The Victorian Government is rolling out a new fleet of state-ofthe-art heavy tanker fire fighting trucks ahead of the summer fire season.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new fleet of ‘Unimogs’ was part of the Labor Government’s $32 million upgrade of Victorian fire fighting vehicles.
The Unimog is an all-terrain vehicle housed on a Mercedes Benz Unimog cab chassis and is fittedout with equipment designed for Forest Fire Management Victoria’s fire fighting and planned burning needs.
It will become a core fire-fighting heavy tanker – featuring exceptional off-road capabilities and a range of safety features including:
• in-vehicle hose monitors
• a cabin deluge system for crew protection
• fire curtains
• a unique Falling Object Protection System.
The Unimogs have a water carrying capacity of 4,000 litres and are built to accommodate four fire fighters – double the capacity of the existing heavy tanker.
Final vehicle design and composition followed a comprehensive field testing program of different types of vehicles, terrain and equipment.
Forest fire fighting crews will have 21 Unimogs at their disposal this fire season, marking the first stage of the roll-out of a new heavy tanker fleet. A further 20 vehicles are due to join the fleet in 2018.
The Unimog project has also created 34 jobs within Quik Corp, who oversaw the fire appliance body builds, with nearly half of the jobs going to redundant workers from the car and manufacturing industries.
The Unimog upgrade is in addition to the overhaul of the ultra-light fire fighting fleet over the next three years.
“These vehicles will be critical in fire suppression, planned burns, emergency response, as well road network and recreation site maintenance.” -- Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio