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Launch of the Little River bulk water tanker
On Saturday 6th December, Terry Hedt Captain of the Little River Fire Brigade, along with his brigade members proudly launched their recently purchased 14,000 litre Bulk Water Carrier.
This project is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work carried out by members of the Little River Fire Brigade. The (new) appliance is a fully refurbished, repurposed tanker that has a large pump capable of refilling fire trucks very quickly. The need for this truck was identified due to ground water supplies at a premium as a result of weather conditions across the District.
The water carrier will play a vital role ensuring that attending fire trucks will be able to remain close to the fire front being refilled by the bulk water carrier reducing refill turnaround times significantly.
The reduction in turnaround time keeps fire trucks engaged in the firefight longer allowing more efficient fire attack in both fast moving grass fires as well as the bush environment.
The launch was attended by volunteers from neighbouring brigades, community members, supporters of the project along with the CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, CFA Board Member Claire Higgins, South West Region Assistant Chief Officer Bob Barry and District 7 Operations Manager Mick McGuiness and Golden Plains Catchment Officer Mark Collins.
Assistant Chief Officer Bob Barry wishes to acknowledge Captain Terry Hedt and his son Daryl and their team from Hedt engineering for their significant contribution of time and technical expertise to ensuring the Water Carrier was ready for this summer.
ACO Barry said that “this would be an enormous asset not only to CFA District 7 but to surrounding Districts including brigades within the Wyndham Shire”.
Captain Terry Hedt said today”The water carrier had its first official operational response earlier this week on Tuesday and proved its worth at a fire this week in Little River. The Bulk Water carrier supported the firefight by refilling 8 fire trucks on the fire ground to support rapid turnaround for the fire trucks at this incident.”
This water carrier has been made possible through extensive community support and generous sponsorship.