Firefighting units a game changer

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer

Both of Narrogin’s two new $450,000 bush firefighting trucks, ordered by DFES on behalf of the Shire of Narrogin, are now in commission.

The two 4000-litre Isuzu trucks are fitted with internal fire blankets and an external sprinkler system for safety of brigade members while on board.

Narrogin supplier WA Fire Appliances fitted the trucks for Narrogin Fire and Rescue Service.

WA Fire Appliances owner and Narrogin Fire and Rescue Service captain David Hayes said the trucks would be valuable assets for the town and surrounding areas.

“They’re predominately bush firefighting vehicles, they carry a lot more water than the two previous trucks,” he said.

“They’ll be of great benefit to rural areas and the town as well.

“They can do limited structural firefighting, back up the brigade with the town tanker, pump if they need to, they’ll be a great asset.”

One of the trucks has a single cab, while the other is dual. The cabs can carry crews of three and six respectively.

This will enable relief crews to be brought in to assist the brigade while fighting big fires over an extended period.

“The two trucks will mean we have more water on board to fight larger fires, they’re certainly a lot higher safety specs than the last ones,” Shire of Narrogin president Leigh Ballard said.

“It means very got two new trucks that we can turn out to the larger fires and help the small farmer fast-attack units.

“They’re going to make a big difference to our capacity.”

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