Warrnambool’s new heavy pumper is ready to respond to more than just fire.
Operations officer Paul Marshall said firefighters on the ground helped to design the new $800,000 truck, with enhancements to Emergency Medical Response storage and road crash equipment.
The new additions mean firefighters can offer road crash support at motor vehicle accidents, and medical treatment such as CPR and defibrillation until paramedics arrive.
The pumper also includes new battery technology, which replaces the traditional petrol-powered equipment and reduces noise and emissions.
Other features include newly designed hose reels and improved access for maintenance.
Senior Station officer Troy Cleverley said the new pumper was a modern, state of the art resource that would strongly support the community in times of need.
“If the new heavy pumper is called to a job there will still be six trucks here at the station,” he said.
“We definitely won’t be called short.”
The pumper is part of a $10.9 million state-wide roll out of 12 heavy pumpers and three heavy tankers funded by the state government.
Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney said the Warrnambool Fire Brigade had a powered history of both career and volunteer firefighters.
“This new pumper will be a great asset for the local community going forward,” she said.
“It will serve a 25 kilometer radius so incidents that require this truck will be attended to promptly.”
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