A truck that meets the latest safety standards and better access for Rochester’s new grassfire tanker mean the local brigade will be able to do its job even better.ELAINE COONEY March 25, 2014 11:47am
Rochester Fire Brigade celebrated the arrival of its new truck and fire station roller door last week.
The brigade received $100,000 from the Victorian Government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program to buy the truck in October and it arrived on Thursday.
Rochester fire captain Mick Hassell said the brigade also paid a percentage of the bill.
He said the brigade raised most of its funds by maintaining community fire equipment and through donations after it sent out its newsletter before the fire season.
‘‘We are very well supported by the community,’’ he said.
He said the brigade was delighted with the 4.4R Proof of Concept tanker, which replaces old tanker 2, which would be sold.
Mr Hassell said the new tanker had a crew capacity of three, while the old one had room for five.
He said new health and safety measures did not allow brigade members to travel to fires on the back of tankers.
The door of the station was replaced due to flood damage and.
Mr Hassell said the new one was higher to accommodate the ultra-modern grassfire-fighting tanker the brigade acquired in September.
Rochester’s grassfire tanker is still in use at the Hazelwood coal mine fire and will be returned after it goes through a decontamination process.
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