VOLUNTEER bush fire brigades from the Shire of Mundaring will come together tomorrow to train and practise with the regions collar tanks.
Based at the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade station, the tanks are the large, self-supporting pools used as water refilling points for the water bombing helicopters.
Lieutenant Ricky Harvey said they earned their name from the foam collar positioned around the top of the rim.
“These tanks can be strategically located in areas where there is limited water supply for the helitacs, as well as vehicles on the ground,” he said.
“Due to their manoeuvrability, accuracy and quick turnaround times in delivering water to the fire ground, helicopters have been a significant contributor in reducing the loss of assets.
“A collar tank will be set up on Darlington Oval by the Darlington brigade’s collar tank team from 9am on Saturday.
“Appliances from several Shire of Mundaring volunteer brigades will be on site conducting draughting exercises with their crews. Static water supply and pumping activities will also be displayed.”
The Mundaring Incident Control Vehicle (ICV) will also conduct the Shire’s weekly “radio scheds” communications testing, and Midland Fire and Rescue appliances will attend as part of the training.
“This is a rare opportunity for crews from across the Shire to practice operational skills together, and to work and mix with other brigades in a more relaxed environment, other than at an active fire incident,” Mr Harvey said.
What: Bush fire brigades train with collar tanks
When: Saturday, January 9 from 9am
Where: Darlington Oval, Pine Terrace, Darlington