Hi-tech CFA on wheels

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By SHANE DOUTHIE

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

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