Rural fire response improved

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Rural fire response improved

The Mil Lel CFS brigade will receive a new fire truck with improved equipment as part of a campaign to boost the CFS’ response to urban incidents.

The truck will have ground-breaking fire fighting tools and equipment as standard stowage items – helping volunteers respond to incidents in built-up areas, as rural communities continue to grow and expand.

In a state-first, 13 34P appliances will be fitted with a portable ground monitor, enabling volunteers to remotely fight fires from a distance more safely.

The newly fitted trucks also better support responses to the diverse incidents the CFS attends in urban environments.

Other standard on-board equipment includes new battery-operated hand tools like angle grinders and quick-cut saws for forceable entry into sheds, garages or through fences.

There will also be a battery-operated positive pressure fan so firefighters can safely clear smoke from homes, along with mounted thermal imaging cameras to detect hotspots.

To further assist volunteers, the new vehicle will also feature 4WD system and capacity to carry around 3000 litres of water, upgraded emergency warning lights and sirens, updated cabin console layouts and work deck monitors and improved ladder stowage.

The truck will be delivered by the end of the year.

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