New truck to fight fire
THE South Coogee Bush Fire Brigade has ramped up its emergency response preparations through the addition of a new, bigger fire engine.
The $550,000 vehicle was unveiled at the brigade’s Cockburn Central headquarters ahead of bushfire season.
The fire engine can hold 3000L of water, has fourwheel drive capabilities and will provide support to emergency incidents and prescribed burns not just within the City of Cockburn but across the state.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services community emergency services manager Aaron Higgins said the new truck was an important replacement for a previous smaller vehicle.
“The new appliance is also equipped with state-ofthe-art comprehensive crew protection safety equipment and enhances fire-fighting capabilities for our volunteers,” he said.
Among the new features is in-cab air breathing systems to help firefighters survive in oxygen deficient atmospheres, manual dropdown radiant heat shields for all windows, single-use fire blankets, a deluge system to spray water over the vehicle’s vital operating components and an automatic vehicle locating system which can advise communications centres of emergency situations.
Funding was provided through the State Government’s Emergency Service Levy.
South Coogee Bush Fire Brigade captain Brad Brierly (far left) with officials and volunteers in front of the new fire engine.