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Cool fireys a team effort

By: CFA Media

Category: Partnerships, Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  4.03 PM 23 May, 2014

Location: District 24 News

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CFA firefighters in the state’s north-east will have access to cold drinking water while fighting fires, thanks to three local businesses which chipped in to purchase a mobile ‘cool room’ for local brigades.

While firefighters are provided with drinking water supplies at incidents as standard practice, having cool water on hand will be provide welcome relief in sweltering conditions.

The cool room is a refrigerated unit designed to be mounted on a trailer and transport a large volume of drinking water. 

CFA volunteer Ron Leary, who heads up the Bogong group of brigades, said that the unit would be of tremendous value to firefighters in CFA’s District 24.

“It’s very important that we look after all firefighters’ wellbeing and it goes without saying that regular hydration on the fireground is paramount,” he said.

District 24 Operations Manager Paul King said the resource could be dispatched as quickly as required from its base in Wodonga.

“Many fires escalate quickly and it is not uncommon to have 100 or more firefighters at a bush or grass fire in a short space of time. The supply of cold drinking water to this number of personnel brings with it a number of logistical challenges,” he said.

“This unit will be an invaluable resource on the fireground and CFA is incredibly grateful to the companies that have stepped in to assist with its purchase.”

Air conditioning supplier Seeley International provided a generous donation of $10,000. Chep Pallets and Quest Apartments also made significant contributions.

Company Founder and Executive Chairman of Seely International, Mr Frank Seeley, praised the work of CFA volunteers and said the organisation was pleased to offer its support.

“Firefighting is a hot and dangerous task, and these men and women are on the frontline helping to protect communities and save lives,” he said.

“Having employees that are volunteer firefighters, we are very proud to contribute to this effort to make sure that cold drinking water is readily available,” said Mr Seeley.

The mobile cool room was received by CFA about a month ago. It will also be used year-round by brigades for events and fundraisers, while being reserved for emergency incidents during the fire season.

Last Updated: 26 May 2014