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Young Fire Station gets new $400,000 tanker

Published: 30th August 2011

Fire and emergency protection in the Young community will be enhanced with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Zone Commander Graham Jarrett and Burrinjuck MP Katrina Hodgkinson today officially handing over the keys to a new $400,000 fire engine to Young Fire Station firefighters.

FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said FRNSW continued to provide its fire and rescue officers with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work protecting NSW families.

“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 last financial year,” he said.

Commissioner Mullins said the specialist vehicle had been designed and built for responding to a range of emergencies including building, bush and grass fires, road accidents and chemical spills.

“These new tankers can be configured as a standard tanker or a hazardous materials or rescue unit to improve our fire and rescue officers’ capacity to respond to all types of emergencies,” he said.

“This multi-purpose vehicle is a four-wheel drive which allows access to fires in difficult terrain and a water protection system operated from the cabin to help ensure the safety of the crew.

“The new tanker can pump 1900 litres of water a minute from its 2700-litre tank and can also operate from hydrants. It is also equipped with special firefighting foam and its engine meets emission standards for environmental impact.”

Superintendent Graham Jarrett said Young fire and rescue officers did an extraordinary job in protecting their community and this new fire tanker would help them to perform their work even more effectively.

“Young crews responded to more than 194 emergency calls in 2009/10. They were also actively involved in educating the local community about fire safety, carrying out 36 community safety activities over that year,” Superintendent Jarrett said.

 

Capton: Young Fire Station fire fighters receive the keys to a new $400,000 fire engine.