Fireys in luck — it’s a new truck!

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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.

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