New $560,000 fire engine for Alexandria

Published: 2nd August 2011

Fire protection and rescue response in the Alexandria community will be enhanced with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins today announcing the delivery of a new $560,000 fire engine to Alexandria Fire Station.

"This new vehicle is part of a FRNSW fleet upgrade which has seen more than 35 new fire engines and specialised vehicles delivered to fire stations across NSW in the past 12 months," Commissioner Mullins said.

"The fire engine is specially equipped as a Hazmat pumper to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. It also has a pump that supplies up to 4000 litres of water a minute for firefighting operations and a foam system to fight chemical, petrol and bushfires.

Firefighters from Alexandria are regularly called out to an area from Redfern to Gardners Road in Roseberry, and from Southern Cross Drive to the Alexandria Canal.

Superintendent Peter Levett, Acting Zone Commander for Metropolitan East 1, said the new vehicle is fitted with a GPS navigation unit and an electronic message board on the back to warn motorists of emergency operations. The engine meets stringent emission standards.

"An upgrade such as this ensures that our firefighters have the best equipment and the latest technology to ensure the safety and protection of themselves and the people they protect," Superintendent Levett said.

"Alexandria firefighters do a tremendous job protecting the community and this vehicle will ensure they have the best equipment and the latest technology for their work."

The Alexandria crew responded to more than 2358 fire and emergency calls in 2009/10 and took part in more than 166 community safety activities to educate the local community about fire safety.