Beaut ute just what we need


THE El­more CFA Unit has wel­comed a new mem­ber of their team in the form of a new field com­mand ve­hi­cle (FCV)

Mem­ber for Bendigo East Jac­inta Al­lan made the trip to town re­cently to hand over the keys to the unit, which wel­comed the new ad­di­tion with open arms.

‘‘Our last FCV lasted us 10 years and we’ve worked hard to get this new one,’’ El­more CFA cap­tain Colin Walker said.

‘‘With help from the Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices Equip­ment Pro­gram and our own Ladies Aux­il­iary we were able to get what we needed.’’

Thanks to lo­cal busi­nesses, such as Paul Evans Weld­ing in Rochester, who helped make the ve­hi­cle and its add-ons pos­si­ble, the brigade hope they can make the ve­hi­cle last even longer.

‘‘It’s a ute with a canopy on the back and when we need a new ve­hi­cle we can take the canopy off and save our­selves a bit of money next time,’’ Mr Walker said.

The El­more Fire Brigade Ladies Aux­il­iary have put more than $11,400 to­wards the new Holden Com­modore through events such as the El­more Field Days and other fundrais­ers.

‘‘We raised the money and we wanted it to go into some­thing worth­while, some­thing for our com­mu­nity,’’ Ladies Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Christina Lons­dale said.

Ms Al­lan said the new ve­hi­cle will be in­valu­able in sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

“For more than a cen­tury, El­more Fire Brigade has been sup­port­ing com­mu­nity safety, sav­ing lives and prop­er­ties in Vic­to­ria’s north east,” Ms Al­lan said.

“The new field com­mand ve­hi­cle will sup­port the vol­un­teers’ ef­forts, by mak­ing it eas­ier for them to get to in­ci­dents in and around El­more, while also pro­vid­ing more ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about fires.

“I’d like to pay trib­ute to the brigade and its mem­bers for their on­go­ing com­mit­ment to keep­ing our com­mu­nity safe, and to the El­more com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the lo­cal IGA, for its gen­eros­ity and sup­port for the brigade.’’

But Mr Walker em­pha­sised that it’s not just for El­more.

‘‘We’ll use the ve­hi­cle all around the area. We help Rochester and all around so it isn’t just for us,’’ he said.

El­more CFA and the El­more Fire Brigade Ladies Aux­il­iary with the brigade’s new ve­hi­cle.

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