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Belgrave Heights' unique tanker
Belgrave Heights and South Fire Brigade has commissioned a brand new ultra-light tanker – the first of its type in the CFA fleet.
By Craig Dennis
About 100 people from the local community and CFA staff joined brigade members for the official handover ceremony. Peter Reedy, a strong supporter of the brigade and owner of the local IGA supermarket, handed the keys to project manager and First Lieutenant Aaron Carlton, who also designed the vehicle.
The truck was built by SEM Fire & Rescue on a 4x4 Iveco Daily Cab Chassis according to the brigade’s particular requirements. The new vehicle delivers an unusual amount of operational flexibility for an ultra-light tanker – it seats a crew of six, carries 700 litres of water delivered by a 1,500 kPa PTO pump with a flow rate of 1,000 litres a minute, reducing to 800 litres a minute when drafting.
It’s ideal for quickly negotiating steep and narrow tracks that are beyond the reach of a conventional tanker.
The vehicle also features a clear deck area for stowing gear, external storage for personal bags, and has extraordinary off-road capability thanks in part to great ground clearance and a total of 24 forward gears to choose from.
Captain Sean Grondman thanked District 13 Operations Manager David Renkin and Operations Office Colin Brown for their support during the design and construction phases of the project. Sean also thanked CFA’s Manager Engineering Andrew Webb for his advice and guidance throughout the project.
The tanker project was fully funded by the local community through countless sausage sizzles and many cash donations.
Photo by Keith Pakenham