Brigades receive new firefighting equipment

​Glen Forrest and Parkerville Volunteer Fire Brigades have taken delivery of new light tanker fire appliances.

Funded through the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) the tankers are part of the brigades' primary incident response vehicles along with their larger appliances

Glen Forrest Brigade Captain Mark Jeans said the new appliance replaced a light tanker which was 10 years old and with some 25,000km on the odometer.

These kilometres don't reflect the actual hours the tanker has been on the job as it is run all the time when we are active at an incident. 

The vehicles are also pivotal to the brigades' fire hazard reduction burning activities

The purpose built vehicles are worth in excess of $140,000 each and supplied by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Chief Bush Fire Control Officer Jamie O'Neill said enhanced crew protection on the fire ground is a major feature of the new light tankers.

"One of the major safety upgrades applied to the new vehicles is the use of diesel pumps, which allows the pumps to be filled from the tanker's fuel tank," he said.

"This eliminates the need to carry petrol for refuelling the pump motors on the fire ground, eliminating a potential hazard.

Crew protection equipment includes Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), fire blankets, drop down fire curtains and in-cab air (re-breathers).

Extra fireproof cladding has been applied to the vehicle and communication equipment has been further protected.

The Glen Forrest brigade has 40 active volunteer members and like their counterparts at Parkerville and all the brigades throughout the shire - work "rain, hail and shine''.

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