Fire service upgrade

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 16, 2019

TWO 20-year-old fire trucks from the Peaceful Bay and Nornalup Volunteer Bushfire Brigades were replaced with new 3.4 urban tank trucks last week.

The new vehicles have improved safety features, including a comprehensive crew protection system, automatic vehicle location system and a 3000L water tank.

The trucks were provided to the Shire of Denmark by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services via the Emergency Services Levy.

Shire Community Emergency Services Manager Scott Medhurst said the levy was crucial in securing resources to protect the Denmark community and volunteers.

“This funding continues to improve our fleet and equipment and over recent years has strengthened our capacity to respond to fires,” he said.

“The funding also allows us to conduct bushfire mitigation activities such as prescribed and hazard reduction burning to keep communities safe.

“I am hopeful that new and modern firefighting appliances and equipment will be a catalyst for more people to be encouraged to volunteer with the Bush Fire Service.”

The new fire trucks also have 4×4 high clearance, automatic transmission, equipment suitable for firefighting within the Rural Urban Interface, a diesel-powered pump and a dual cab capable of transporting up to six firefighters.