Member for Bega Andrew Constance today handed over a new $325,000 firefighting tanker to the Moruya Fire Station.
Mr Constance said the new Mercedes Benz fire truck, a ‘Class 2’ pumper, will improve the capacity of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters to deal with fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies. Given a tour of the new appliance and the station before handing over the keys Mr Constance heard first hand of the appreciation the members have for the new truck. With a lot more room in the rear of the win cab it will dramatically improve the comfort of the crews as that travel to and from incidents. Additional modifications also provide the vehicle with the latest in communication gear essential for their task.
Above: The handing over of the keys today, Member for Bega Andrew Constance
“We continue to place the highest priority on the safety of our firefighters by making sure they have the necessary equipment to support the vital work they do,” said Mr Constance.
“The state-of-the art Mercedes Benz truck is ergonomically designed and is fitted with all the safety features expected of a modern appliance.
“The rear of the truck has also been remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.”
“The NSW Government is backing our firefighters by providing them with the best equipment and technology available to help them protect life and property.
FRNSW South Coast Zone Commander, Superintendent Kim Reeson said FRNSW continued to provide its firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work in protecting local communities.
“The FRNSW fleet is made up of more than 650 fire trucks and rescue vehicles across NSW and our priority is to ensure our firefighters have the best vehicles available to do their jobs effectively and safely,” he said.
“This new truck will help firefighters better protect the Moruya community and improve the overall quality of our emergency response.”
In 2015/16, Moruya firefighters responded to 95 fire and emergency calls and took part in more than 85 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.