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Johnsonville community shine
It has been said in some circles, for a long time, that fire brigades are the community and the community are the fire brigades.
Johnsonville CFA celebrated the arrival of a new $160,000 ‘one-of-a-kind’ support vehicle on Sunday, with State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, on hand to present the keys to the Johnsonville Brigade Captain, Rodney Baylis
This presentation was the culmination of some 20 years fundraising towards the upgrade of their support vehicle.
Rae Whelan, active member of the local community, spoke at the presentation “We need to support the guys and girls of the fire brigade because they support us and our community”.
“They are there when we need them and we should support them. The Salt Creek Camp Draft is a wonderful event and this event supports our fire brigade. I know the community will continue to support this event” said Mrs Whelan.
Mr Bull said “It is great to be able to celebrate today’s milestone with a new replacement support vehicle that will enable the Johnsonville brigade to respond to a wider range of emergencies providing broader community protection.
Mr Bull said the support vehicle was funded in partnership between the Victorian Coalition Governments VESEP Grant program, the CFA and the Johnsonville community, including the Salt Creek Camp Draft Committee who has supported the brigade over many years with its fund raising activities.
Mr Bull recognised the community spirit and their ongoing support of the Salt Creek Camp Draft event for over some 20 years. This event is the main fund raising event for the Johnsonville Fire Brigade.
Several brigade members have done an enormous amount of planning, research and designing in consultation with CFA and the result is here today for you all to be proud of said Johnsonville CFA Captain Rod Baylis.
Captain, Rod Baylis, said the Johnsonville brigade took a decision 15 years ago to revert to one tanker and develop a multi-functional emergency vehicle as a replacement.
“This new vehicle is the second iteration and was developed by local members. It is modelled on a Light Salvage Vehicle, however the fit out and function has been customised by the brigade.”
The main features of the unit include:
• LP gas flare off equipment
• Mounted telescopic lighting for field work
• Quick fill pumping
• Radio and phone communications and a fold away work desk for administration operational efficiency
• Extra fire fighting equipment including hoses, spare hydrant and couplings, signage and shovels to name a few.
“In the event that another appliance is not readily available this vehicle has the capability to respond to and commence handling a wide range of incidents,” said Mr Baylis.