Port Fairy Folk Festival grant sees St Helens brigade's water storage capacity triple

St Helens CFA shed’s water holding capacity has tripled thanks to a Port Fairy Folk Festival grant.

The grant has allowed the brigade to install a new 50,000-litre capacity tank to use with the existing 25,000-litre tank and bore.

St Helens Fire Brigade secretary Michael Cain said modifications to the quick-fill pump enabled better water delivery to waiting trucks and that the brigade was grateful for the funding, especially with the approaching fire season.

Ready: A Port Fairy Folk Festival grant has helped the  St Helens brigade expand its water holding capacity.

Ready: A Port Fairy Folk Festival grant has helped the St Helens brigade expand its water holding capacity.

“With several blue gum plantations in the brigade response area, plus extensive grassland, the need for a reliable and efficient supply of water is paramount to successful fire control of any blazes that may occur,” Mr Cain said.

Mr Cain said as with any operational improvements, the brigade hoped the new water source wasn’t required, but members would be better prepared if the need arose.