Small tanker proves its worth in tight situations.November 22, 2012 4:01am
Handing over the keys for the tanker are (from left) Member for Rodney Paul Weller, Bamawm Extension Fire Brigade first lieutenant Tom Dixon and CFA board member Paul Denham. Photo submitted
Bamawm Extension Fire Brigade officially received the keys to a new ultra-light tanker on Sunday.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller made the presentation on behalf of Victorian Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan.
Brigade captain George Calleja said the tanker had already proved its worth.
‘‘We had the official ceremony on Sunday, but we have had it in action for about six months and in that time it has been used on two occasions to get into areas that bigger tankers could not,’’ he said.
‘‘The ultra-light tanker is smaller than a normal tanker, it carries about 1000 litres as opposed to 2500 litres, which makes it more manoeuvrable.
‘‘Because we cover an area which includes sections of forest on the river, it is hard for tankers to get close to fires. The ultra-light can get close to the fire, with larger tankers supplying water to it.’’
Mr Weller said the new tanker cost about $144,000 as part of the Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program.
It was jointly bought by the brigade, CFA and the State Government.
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