State-of-the-art tankers join Vic­to­ria’s fire fight­ing fleet

Australian Forests and Timber - - Fire Preparedness -

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

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