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Hurstbridge brigade's capability boosted

  • Hurstbridge Captain Andy Knight accepting the donation cheque from Diamond Creek Rotary Club President Roger Knight

By: Ed Lowe

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  2.27 PM 21 February, 2017


Location: General

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Hurstbridge Fire Brigade's capability will be bolstered with the introduction of a new field command vehicle.

Community donations, including a $5000 contribution from the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek, have allowed the brigade to commission the FCV.

The vehicle will allow Incident Controllers to manage incidents more effectively as the vehicle can be used in areas difficult to access. It will also be used to transport brigade members to training and other brigade activities.

The FCV was developed by the Hurstbridge Fire Brigade and SEM Engineering in Ballarat.

It features a removable pod that can be mounted onto a new truck when the current Ford Ranger is due for replacement.

Captain Andy Knight sees this as being a major advantage.

“The pod can be mounted on a number of different cab chassis configurations and SEM put a lot of thought into fitting the radios so we now have the ability to do a vehicle upgrade very quickly,” he said.

Other features include a defibrillator, a slide-out writing desk and white board, inverter, dual-battery system, sealed drawers for storing maps and other items from dust and the weather and a fridge.

Hurstbridge Fire Brigade would like to thank the team at SEM for their co-operation and ingenuity when designing and building the new vehicle and CFA for assistance in completing the project.

Last Updated: 21 February 2017