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CFA supports major cycling event
Fire trucks and volunteers are now off and racing as part of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2016.
The trucks are providing emergency support on the four country stages of the five-stage cycling tour. They’ll be on hand in the unlikely event that a bushfire approaches the route or a support vehicle catches fire.
The emergency service contingent also includes Ambulance Victoria with Victoria Police managing the convoy and all road closures.
The race began in Melbourne on Wednesday 3 February with a short race and launch. The Thursday stage was 126 kilometres through the Yarra Valley from Healesville to Healesville with trucks and members from Warburton and Healesville participating.
On Friday the route is 144.2 kilometres from Yarra Glen to Moe accompanied by members and vehicles from Yellingbo and Hazelwood North, followed by 146.2 kilometres from Traralgon to Inverloch on Saturday.
The final battle for the yellow jersey takes place on the Mornington Peninsula with a 121.8 kilometre three-loop circuit which includes three Arthurs Seat Road climbs.