My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Emergency Services in the other place. It is in relation to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) Warrnambool brigade.
A little over four years ago the Brumby government allocated a firefighting pumper to the specially customised Warrnambool fire station to assist in firefighting in the south-west region.
This type of pumper is essential for fighting high-rise fires, and more than $100 000 was spent upgrading the Warrnambool fire station to accommodate the pumper.
However, there has been talk around Warrnambool for some time now that the pumper spends very little time located there. I believe it is currently sitting in the Cranbourne fire station.
As I said, four years ago Labor funded the pumper to be stationed in Warrnambool, and the then member for South-West Coast — now the Premier — said that the aerial pumper was long overdue for the south-west.
With this in mind, it is hard to understand why the aerial pumper spends most of its time in stations outside the south-west.
The action I seek is for the minister to provide me with information on the stations where this pumper has been located for significant periods, and indeed whether the reason the pumper is not located at Warrnambool is the cuts this government has made to the CFA and other emergency services.
I ask the minister to also provide a time line as to the proper allocation of the aerial pumper at the Warrnambool CFA station.