Western Eyre Group thrilled for new fire truck

NEW TRUCK: The CFS Wirrulla brigade with the new truck, Ian Greenfield, Ike Slattery, John Duncan, Bronty Roberts, Brenton Roberts and Noel Greatbatch. Picture: Calise Holmes
NEW TRUCK: The CFS Wirrulla brigade with the new truck, Ian Greenfield, Ike Slattery, John Duncan, Bronty Roberts, Brenton Roberts and Noel Greatbatch. Picture: Calise Holmes

The state government has delivered 22 new Country Fire Service (CFS) trucks at locations across the state in recent months, including for the Western Eyre Group, to help with this bushfire season.

The new fire trucks are all equipped with potentially lifesaving burn-over technology, including water spray, deluge systems and in-cab breathing systems.

The Western Eyre Group has received a BWC13 bulk water carrier.

CFS Western Eyre Group officer Mark Hewitson said they were thrilled to have received the truck, which has a capacity to hold 13,000 litres of water.

“It’s a fantastic advantage for us to have and it is a larger BWC than we previously had,” he said.

“The truck has been strategically placed at Wirrulla to help serve the area.

“The CFS has a great plan for replacing vehicles and we are fortunate in what the CFS have provided the community for fire protection.”

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said he was pleased to see CFS brigades across the state equipped with new trucks.

“As we saw during the Pinery Fire, burn over technology is critical to ensuring the safety of our CFS volunteers during operations,” he said.

“Our CFS volunteers work extremely hard to protect their communities and I am very pleased the State Government is able to provide them with the latest resources and equipment to protect their safety whilst they protect their communities.”

The CFS appliance program delivers about 42 trucks per year.

The state government committed an extra $9.3 million over four years as part of the 2016-17 budget for the retrofitting of safety systems and the acceleration of new truck replacements, which has meant that even more of the CFS fleet is fitted with potentially lifesaving burn over technology.