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Casey Group’s concept FCV

  • Group Officer Shane Keen (left) and Deputy Group Officer Linden Barry with Casey Group’s new FCV

By: Duncan Russell

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  11.42 AM 7 February, 2017

Location: District 8 News

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Casey Group of brigades has developed a new-style FCV with an enhanced radio capability of seven radios.

By Linden Barry, DGO Casey Group

Deputy Group Officers Kevin Sullivan and Linden Barry were tasked to dispose of the two existing vehicles – a Nissan Patrol field command vehicle (FCV) and Ford Transit field operational vehicle (FOV – and buy and fit out the new FCV vehicle.

Built on a Ford Ranger XLT twin cab, the back module was built by MFI Service Bodies in Warrigal, which was recommended to the group by other brigades and groups.

This new FCV allows rapid set-up (just one minute) and gives the on-scene incident controller rapid access to a small work station and three fixed Tait radios. The vehicle combines the radio equipment from the group’s previous FCV and FOV.

It has two Tait radios, a Motorola and a UHF radio in the cab, which are used for turnouts or when deployed as a sector commander’s car.

When parked and used as a static brigade control point vehicle, the rear command module has three Tait fixed radios, and a Tait portable with fixed roof aerial for enhanced command activities.

The custom-made work station has two clear work areas, one for the incident controller and one for the operations officer. All radios are within easy reach of both officers, and an enhanced T card folder has been developed and is key for the operations officer to achieve resource management of the on-scene trucks and aircraft deployed to the fire.

The work station area has room for maps, T card folder, white board and access to three to five Tait radios for use on Vicfire, command, aircraft and fireground channels simultaneously.

The vehicle set-up means the officers responsible for managing the fire also manage the radio work, rather than vehicle operators managing the radios and relaying the information to the officers.

Now operational in Casey Group, the vehicle supports the 11 member brigades and neighbouring groups. The car’s first deployment was a grassfire at Lyndhurst in early January 2017, and it was extremely successful in helping the first on-scene officers to manage the 21 CFA vehicles attending the incident. It achieved the car’s primary goal of providing an enhanced static brigade control point from which to work.

This vehicle is a major investment to allow Casey Group brigade officers the best chance to manage their fires and incidents in the most appropriate and successful way.

Last Updated: 23 March 2017