Hi-tech CFA on wheels
ONE of only two state of the art CFA mobile command vehicles (MCV), valued at almost $500,000 each, is now stationed in Wangaratta.
The purpose built vehicle will not only convey specialist crews and equipment to emergency incidents but also provide a focal point on or near the disaster site.
CFA District 23 operations officer Brett Myers said the new vehicle, which replaces a 1983 Hino that has served locally since 1991, will add a new level of sophistication and capability for emergency services dealing with major incidents.
“This can be used anywhere in the Hume region and has already been used at fires in the King Valley, Bungeet and Thoona,” Mr Myers said.
“It’s a sophisticated resource that can go anywhere.”
The MCV was also trialled at the Hazelwood mine fires where it was able to relay
VERY FLASH: CFA volunteer Peter Leach makes himself at home inside the swish new Mobile Communications Vehicle.
PHOTO: Mel Guy “This might appeal to someone who might not want to hold a fire hose or be at the fire front but would still like to be involved with the CFA and helping their community.”
Anyone interested in volunteering to be trained to work with the new vehicle is welcome to call Peter Leach on 0439 614 077 or 5721 4122. vision back to emergency service headquarters giving a clear picture of the extent of the disaster.
Mr Myers said the vehicle also opened up opportunities for new volunteers with an interest in computers or technology.
“We’re looking for members of the community to come on board to be trained how to operate it,” he said.
IN WITH THE NEW: CFA District 23 operations officer Brett Myers with CFA volunteer Peter Leach with the new Mobile Communications Vehicle (on the right next to its 1983 predecessor). PHOTO: Mel Guy