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Better, lighter, faster
A new concept ultra-light vehicle has been delivered to Mt Buller brigade and will undergo testing and trialling during both summer and winter season.
The unit was delivered on 6 November as part of the Alpine Vehicle Trial project. During winter the wheels are removed and the unit is fitted with Mattrack tracks.
Deputy Chief Officer John Haynes said that the lightweight vehicle had better manoeuvrability and track design.
“This concept vehicle has been designed to be better suit Alpine conditions,” he said.
“It aims to be more user-friendly and flexible for volunteers, resulting in faster response to incidents,”
Having designed and built the prototype the Alpine Vehicle Trial project team will now oversee the concept vehicle’s implementation and testing phases until June 2016.
How is the concept alpine vehicle different?
- A level of manoeuvrability never seen before in oversnow pumpers
- Lightweight body and improved track is far more gentle on the environment
- Easier access to residential areas and better flexibility for parking/storage will reduce incident turnout time
- More volunteers able to train to drive the vehicle as only a standard license is required
- Can be used all year round