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Equipment boost for Portarlington

By: CFA News

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  5.11 PM 7 June, 2013

Location: District 7 News

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Story by Joanne Polley

Portarlington Fire Brigade has boosted its emergency response capability, adding a new Field Command Vehicle to its firefighting resources.

On Saturday May 18 Member for Western Victorian Region, David Koch MLC, officially handed Brigade Captain Darren Nisbet the keys to the 2013 Toyota Hilux.

Portarlington’s new FCV replaces the brigade's 2006 Nissan Patrol offering additional firefighting capabilities with the custom made back to enable transport of additional equipment and the brigades Quick Fill Pump. 

The FCV offers an invaluable rapid response firefighting appliance with 4 x 4 capabilities. 

It also enables immediate access and attack at incidents within the brigade's response area where there is limited access and in some areas where reticulated water is not available such as Coastal Reserves, Bellarine Rail Trail, Caravan Parks and Boat Harbours.

The brigade was able to fund the project to upgrade their  vehicle through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), generous donations from local community groups including both the Portarlington-Drysdale Lions Club and Portarlington Mussel Festival and brigade fundraising.

The official handover celebration was attended by Hon Lisa Neville MLA-Bellarine, Michael Tudball, CFA Board member, CFA Operations Officer Ian Beswicke, Sergeants David O’Connor and Paul Harbert from Victoria Police, John Emerson, President of Portarlington-Drysdale Lions Club, Lindsey Noss of Portarlinton Mussel Festival, CFA Bellarine Group Management and CFA Bellarine Group Captains.


(L-R) David Koch MLC Member for Western Victorian Region,  Lindsey Noss Portarlington Mussel Festival, John Emerson President Portarlington-Drysdale Lions Club, Hon Lisa Neville MLA-Bellarine and Darren Nisbet Captain Portarlington Fire Brigade.

(L-R) Darren Nisbet, Captain Portarlington Fire Brigade and David Koch MLC, Member for Western Victorian Region.

Last Updated: 07 June 2013