New $560,000 fire engine for Berkeley Vale Fire Station

Published: 20th September 2010

Member for The Entrance, Grant McBride today announced the delivery of a new $560,000 fire engine to firefighters at the Berkeley Vale Fire Station, to boost fire and emergency protection for the local community.

"The State Government is continuing to provide our firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work to protect NSW families," Mr Whan said.

"The new vehicle, which was delivered this month, is part of the largest roll-out of new and upgraded fire engines in the NSW Fire Brigades' (NSWFB) history.

"The Government’s record $972 million 2010/11 emergency services budget included $637 million for the NSWFB, providing $18 million to continue updating its fleet with more than 35 new fire engines and specialised vehicles."

Member for The Entrance, Grant McBride, said the new fire engine was a great investment in the safety of the local community in and around Berkeley Vale.
"I'm sure the people of Berkeley Vale will be reassured to know that our local firefighters are continuing to get the resources they need to help them protect lives, property and the environment," Mr McBride said.

"The fire crew stationed at Berkeley Vale have responded to 553 fire and emergency calls in the past year.  They have also been actively involved in educating people about fire safety, and carried over 120 community safety activities in 2009-10."

The new fire engine features a water pump that supplies up to 4000 litres of water a minute for firefighting operations and a foam system to fight chemical, petrol and bushfires.

It is also fitted with a GPS navigation unit, an electronic message board on the back to warn motorists of emergency operations, and reversing equipment for greater safety and meets all the latest emissions standards.

NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins said the new fire engine would further enhance station’s response capability to fires and other emergencies across the district.

"Fleet upgrades such as this ensure that our firefighters have the best equipment and the latest technology to ensure the safety and protection of local communities."