New truck to fight fire

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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