Fireys in luck — it’s a new truck!
ROCHESTER Fire Station has welcomed its newest member — a fire truck.
The vehicle is about 10 years old and comes to Rochester second-hand from Ararat. Having made its first appearance at the station two months ago, the truck has since been fitted with new equipment, such as extra LED light, spotlights, new Storz couplings and a live reel.
Vaughan Thomas has been a part of the fire bridage since 1963 and was captain of the Rochester Brigade for 10 years.
The ex-captain is thrilled to have the new truck at Rochester.
‘‘It’s going to be a really good addition to the town,’’ he said.
‘‘We were worried it might not be here in time for fire season but I went to Benidgo to pick it up on Tuesday.
‘‘Everyone has to be trained, tested and graded on the truck so we can use it.
‘‘It’s got the latest digital technologies, extra lights, a better interior and better equipment.
‘‘The live reel means if we pull up to a house fire, some of the crew can begin work straight away while the others set up the other hoses.
‘‘We’ve got a young, vibrant group as part of our team. ‘‘It’s just really great.’’ Captain Luke Warren is excited about the new addition to his team.
‘‘The new truck is an Isuzu type 3 pumper and holds 2000 litres of water and can pump up to 3000 litres per minute,’’ he said
‘‘It’s primarily used for structure fires such as houses, factories and shops in the urban environment (in town) but can also be used out of town for structure fires and motor vehicle accidents.
‘‘It's a major step up from our old pumper.
‘‘The truck will also support surrounding towns and communities such as Elmore, Lockington and Echuca, or wherever else it is requested.
‘‘The truck certainly ensures Rochester and surrounding communities are better protected into the future.’’
With the fire season just around the corner, the new truck will ensure Rochester fire fighters have the best equipment available to them.
■ Vaughan Thomas with Rochester’s new fire truck.