November 22, 2015

BUNGAREE FIRE BRIGADE’S NEW TANKER ARRIVES IN TIME FOR SUMMER

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard handed over the keys for Bungaree Fire Brigade’s new state-of-the-art, 2350-litre tanker at the station’s open day.

Representing the Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett, Mr Howard said the CFA open day provided people with an opportunity to check out the brigade’s equipment and learn about fire safety.

“CFA members play a vital role as part of our local emergency services, protecting lives and property in the local community,” Mr Howard said.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people visit the station for this open day, where they can learn about fire safety around the home and within the community.

“With summer fast approaching, it’s important that people do their bit by getting fire ready.”

Bungaree Fire Brigade’s new $345,000 tanker includes:   

  • room for a five-person crew, with two firefighters at the front and three at the rear
  • heat protection curtains fitted to all windows, which are critical if crews are caught in a blaze
  • a 650-litre vehicle/crew spray protection system
  • air-conditioning, electric windows, fog lights and a reversing camera.

“This new tanker built in Ballarat by SEM Fire and Rescue has been delivered in time for the fire season.

“With emergency services across the state preparing for an increased fire risk this summer – it’s critical that our CFA crews receive the state-of-the-art equipment they need to keep our community safe.”

Bungaree Fire Brigade has been protecting the Bungaree township and supporting neighbouring brigades since it was established in 1942.

It has had a busy 2015, responding to 12 incidents since the start of July.

Today’s ceremony also saw 19 of the brigade’s members presented with CFA medals for five years or more of service.

Two members – William Labbett and Kevin Hanrahan – were honoured for 55 years of service.