Ve­hi­cles add to bush fire sup­port

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

Man­do­galup Volunteer Bush Fire Bri­gade and the Kwinana South Volunteer Bush Fire Bri­gade will re­ceive two new bush fire sup­port ve­hi­cles, do­nated by the BP Re­fin­ery Kwinana.

At the Wed­nes­day, April 10 City of Kwinana coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to for­mally ac­cept the of­fer of two sur­plus four-wheeldrive fire sup­port ve­hi­cles, and to mod­ify the 2018-19 bud­get to recog­nise the change. Fire sup­port ve­hi­cles are used for pe­riph­ery and off-sea­son roles, re­serv­ing high­value front­line ve­hi­cles for the pur­pose of fight­ing fires.

The City’s brigades have called for ad­di­tional four-wheel-drive util­ity ve­hi­cles for sev­eral years.

As part of the trans­fer of own­er­ship, the City will meet the on­go­ing costs of fuel, sched­uled main­te­nance, reg­is­tra­tion and insurance of the ve­hi­cles, but will not fund the re­place­ment of the ve­hi­cles.

The two volunteer bush fire brigades will each re­spec­tively meet the costs of mod­i­fy­ing the ve­hi­cles to make them fit for pur­pose, and the cost of any ma­jor me­chan­i­cal fail­ures.

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