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Fuel tanker safety awareness
Kialla & District Fire Brigade, in conjunction with Mooroopna Brigade recently held an evening aimed at providing improved safety awareness about the features and facilities on a modern fuel tanker. The Central Goulburn Group also invited members from other groups to attend.
Story by Ian Martin, Central Goulburn Group Officer
The session was conducted by Kialla & District Fire Brigade Captain David Thompson, who is the driver of the vehicle operated by Petrogas Regional.
David explained the safety features, the whereabouts of relevant information and items which may be of importance to responding brigades. The session didn't cover firefighting, but how to respond and ensure that a disabled vehicle remains, or is placed, in a safe condition before the arrival of expert recovery resources.
Clearly, not all vehicles will have all the features of the very new tanker we had access to, but as new vehicles replace older ones they will be improving all the time, and any knowledge is always useful.
It was very pleasing to have about 80 attending from most brigades in the Central Goulburn Group, and those in attendance appeared to benefit from the session, as tankers like this travel roads across the state every day.
Thanks to Wayne Martin from Petrogas Regional for access to the vehicle, David Thompson for leading the session, and a special thanks to Asem and team from People Supporting People for the food and coffee that made a very cold night much more pleasant.