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Hoppers Crossing boosts its fleet
Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade has welcomed a new vehicle to its fleet to boost its firefighting capability.
On Friday 16 August, the new Hyundai iLoad van was officially put on the road. Hoppers Crossing Lieutenant Paul DiMartino said the vehicle could be used for LPG flare-offs and also offers an extra way to transport crews to and from large incidents.
“Our brigade receives a fair amount of call-outs to conduct flare-offs so this van will be very useful now and into the future,” he said.
“It provides easier access to the LPG response equipment which in turn provides a quicker and safer response to the community.
“We are often called to attend large incidents within our area and across the state so this vehicle will be valuable in many ways.”
The vehicle was funded as part of the Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program (VESEP) and a grant of $9,476 from Wyndham City Council.
“Some money was also raised by brigade members through fundraising events such as Bunnings barbecues,” Mr DiMartino said.
“Purchasing this vehicle wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CFA, the Wyndham City Council and the generous donations from the community.”
On Friday, Hoppers Crossing brigade also sold and handed over its existing transport vehicle to Eynesbury Fire Brigade.
“Eynesbury is a newly-formed brigade so our old Holden Rodeo will be a good vehicle to provide their members additional transport to incidents,” Mr DiMartino said.
“We’re all volunteers for the same reason, to help protect lives and property, so I’m pleased we were able to assist on of our neighbouring brigades.”