Fire­fight­ers re­veal their new hi-tech trucks

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - DAVID KILLICK

TWO new state-of-the-art fire trucks which can pump 4000 litres of wa­ter a minute into a blaze have been com­mis­sioned by the Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice.

Cus­tomised for Tas­ma­nian con­di­tions, the two trucks will be­come part of the fire­fight­ing fleet in Ho­bart and Launceston.

Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice chief of­fi­cer Chris Arnol said the trucks are a wel­come re­place­ment to fire­fight­ing units.

“Th­ese trucks are the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced in Aus­tralia with state-of-the-art fea­tures to keep our fire­fight­ers safe while mov­ing in the ve­hi­cle, and when it is sta­tion­ary at in­ci­dents,” he said.

The in-built com­pressed air foam sys­tem will al­low the trucks to be used at a range of in­ci­dents such as struc­ture fires, dur­ing as­set pro­tec­tion at bush­fires and dif­fi­cult to ex­tin­guish tyre fires.

They also feature “low tone” sirens, road crash res­cue equip­ment and are low-emis­sion.

Pic­ture: LUKE BOW­DEN

WEL­COME: TFS of­fi­cers Bruce Oak­ley, Sandy Ea­ton and Val Ansett with one of the new heavy pumpers.

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