We’re all fired up about new tanker

Ba­mawm Ex­ten­sion CFA mem­bers Bryan Pick­thall, Ni­cole Calleja and Ge­orge Calleja.

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

THE Ba­mawm Ex­ten­sion CFA has taken de­liv­ery of a new light tanker to re­place the ul­tra­light ve­hi­cle they had pre­vi­ously used.

Thanks to a mam­moth fundrais­ing ef­fort of bar­be­cues, sell­ing choco­lates, movie nights and grants, the bri­gade was able to pur­chase the new ve­hi­cle.

Test­ing out the tanker dur­ing the past two weeks, bri­gade captain Ge­orge Calleja said the ve­hi­cle would be re­turned for a fi­nal in­spec­tion be­fore be­ing ready to go — well ahead of the sum­mer fire dan­ger pe­riod.

“The com­mu­nity is grow­ing and so we wanted to make sure we have the right tools to be able to pro­tect it,” he said.

“This new tanker means that we can have two bri­gade mem­bers on the back, fight­ing fires, rather than bat­tling the lim­i­ta­tions of what the ul­tra­light al­lowed us to do pre­vi­ously.

“We used to have to pull up and take the equip­ment off the back, now we fol­low grass­fires with mem­bers on the back of the truck.”

And while the mem­bers were wide-eyed about their brand spank­ing new ve­hi­cle, they’re al­ready back to the grind­stone with a fundrais­ing cam­paign to sup­port the bri­gade’s grand plans to ex­tend their ex­ist­ing shed.

“We’re hop­ing to ex­tend to make it safer for our team at meet­ings and so it is eas­ier to nav­i­gate the prop­erty,” he said.

“We have had some land next door do­nated and that will al­low our mem­bers to safely park off the road when we hold meet­ings — and also pro­vide a space to turn the trucks around that is off the dirt road.”

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