A new heavy pumper will respond to fires and other emergencies in Warrnambool and surrounding areas, providing a major boost to firefighting services in south-west Victoria.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney officially handed over the new pumper to Warrnambool Fire Brigade members today.
The pumper is part of a $10.9 million state-wide roll out of 12 heavy pumpers and three heavy tankers, which is being funded by the Andrews Labor Government.
The heavy pumpers each cost $800,000 and provide firefighters with the latest technology and equipment, including:
- Emergency Medical Response and road-crash equipment
- updated lockers and stowage to carry road-crash rescue equipment
- the latest battery technology, which reduces emissions and improves firefighter safety
The pumpers and their crew can provide support for structure fires and other major incidents across a 25-kilometre radius.
Warrnambool Fire brigade has been protecting the local community since 1863, and responds to around 600 fires and other emergencies each year.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The Andrews Labor Government is working closely with CFA to ensure firefighters have the infrastructure, equipment and training they need to manage emergencies and keep people safe.”
“The Warrnambool Fire Brigade has been serving this community for 155 years, so it’s crucial it has access to the best available appliances.”
“This new heavy pumper supports the terrific work that Warrnambool firefighters are already doing, by helping them respond to major incidents and assist other brigades when required.”