WITH summer on the horizon, South Coogee Bush Fire Brigade have ramped up their emergency response preparations with the addition of a new fire engine.
The $550,000 vehicle has been unveiled at the brigade’s Cockburn Central headquarters to adequately equip volunteers ahead of bush fire season.
The fire engine can hold 3000L of water and has four-wheel drive capabilities and will provide support to emergency incidents and prescribed burns not just within the City of Cockburn, but across the state.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services community emergency services manager Aaron Higgins said the new truck was an important replacement for their previous smaller vehicle.
“The new appliance is also equipped with state of the art comprehensive crew protection safety equipment and enhances fire-fighting capabilities for our volunteers,” he said.
Among the new features is in-cab air breathing systems to aid crews in oxygen deficient atmospheres, manual drop-down radiant heat shields at all windows to, single-use fire blankets, a deluge system to spray water over the vehicle’s vital operating components and an Automatic Vehicle Locating system which can advise communications centres of emergency situations.
Funding for the five-crew vehicle was secured as part of the Emergency Service Levy.