New Fire and Rescue tanker to protect Central Coast - Umina

Published: 19 Mar 2024 11:48am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has deployed a new firefighting tanker at Umina, boosting protection measures for the state’s Central Coast.

Valued at $450,000, the Isuzu Category One tanker is the latest of 34 new tankers funded by the NSW Government after the devastating 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires.

The Isuzu is a multi-purpose, off-road-capable tanker that can carry more water than typical urban fire engines.

The four-wheel drive also incorporates a new ‘Halo’ cabin protection spray system to protect its crew in flash-over situations.

“Our Umina crew has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this state-of-the-art tanker,” FRNSW Zone Commander, Matt Waldon, said.

“It’s a tough vehicle, that’s equally at home responding to an emergency on a Central Coast beach or negotiating rugged terrain further inland on the coast,” Superintendent Waldon added.

“The arrival of this tanker comes hot on the heels of the new Aerial Platform at Bateau Bay, ensuring the people of the Central Coast remain protected from fire.”

Emergency Services Minister, Jihad Dib, said the NSW Government is investing in new and upgraded firefighting equipment, technology and trucks across NSW to help build bushfire response.

“The NSW Government is committed to investing in resources that help firefighters stay prepared for anything and keep local communities safe,” Minister Dib said.

Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch said firefighters perform important tasks in our community, helping to protect our people, our places, as well as our natural and built assets.

“This investment in a state-of-the-art firefighting tanker will not only boost firefighting capability in our community but also ensure our firefighters have the best possible equipment and technology to help protect lives and properties.

“Having the most up to date equipment can make a world of difference for our firefighters when situations go from bad to worse, whether that’s in our suburban streets, in rugged bushland or by our beaches.

“The right tools for the job can assist with achieving better outcomes for our firefighters and our community.”

Updated: 19 Mar 2024 11:53am

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Stations nearby

UMINA Fire Station

55-59 Trafalgar Ave, Umina NSW 2256

SARATOGA Fire Station

2 Rosemount Street, Saratoga NSW 2251

KINCUMBER Fire Station

836 The Scenic Rd, Kincumber NSW 2251