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Medium pumper prototype hits the road

By: Duncan Russell

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  1.25 PM 31 December, 2014

Location: General

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The prototype of the next generation medium pumper is visiting every district in the state until the end of March so that CFA members can give valuable feedback.

The medium pumper kicks off its roadshow at Lakes Entrance on Friday 2 January and finishes at Hamilton on 24 March. Click here for the full list of visits.

The roadshow gives CFA members the opportunity to comment on the features. At the end of March, this feedback will be collated and reviewed to finalise the specification of the medium pumper.

The journey to upgrade the medium pumper began in August 2012, when the project team assessed the current medium pumper’s strengths and identified features which could be improved.

When developing the specifications for the new medium pumper, the project team considered a number of areas such as the overall size, the design of the rear pump instrument panel, the position of the side delivery outlets, pump arrangement, stowage equipment and type of hose reels.

The team also consulted with a working group of district mechanical officer (DMOs) to assess maintenance issues. The DMOs looked at improved maintenance access to the rear-mounted fire pump, pump plumbing, Class B foam system and electrical wiring.

The prototype has a Scania P280 CrewCab chassis and a Godiva Prima rear-mounted fire pump. SEM Fire and Rescue was responsible for the build-up of the bodywork and supply of stowage equipment.

The prototype’s improved features include:

  • two breathing apparatus sets within the rear seats of the crew cabin
  • changes to the height of the emergency beacons and the beacons and hazard emergency lights flash all blue, then all red
  • new reflective striping on the side of the crew cabin and the top of the bodywork above the roller shutters. Red and yellow block reflective striping
  • fitment of a rumbler system (new warning sound system)
  • white search light on the roof of the cabin with remote control
  • new rechargeable torch and hand-held torches in cabin and bodywork.
  • new location for the suction hoses at the front of the bodywork
  • better access to ceiling hook, and foam pick-up stick and line at the front of the bodywork
  • side delivery outlets located in the middle of the bodywork, at the rear so that firefighters don’t need to bend down to connect delivery hoses
  • simplified rear pump instrument panel with upgraded pump governor and manual throttle control knob
  • larger electronic water tank level indicators located on the pump panel and both sides of the bodywork
  • new triple extension ladder and upgrade ladder gantry arrangement
  • direct injection Class B foam system located within the forward delivery outlets (both sides)
  • two dead hose reels complete with 38mm extruded rubber hose with external lug couplings located in lockers
  • a range of new and upgraded stowage equipment within the crew cabin and bodywork.

Photos: Keith Pakenham


Last Updated: 31 December 2014