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Moyston gets new medium tanker
Moyston fire brigade in CFA District 16 has taken delivery of a new medium tanker.
The new tanker features a Hino GT 500 1322 cab chassis of four wheel drive configuration. It has a turbo charged diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission and two-speed transfer case.
Inside the cab, the tanker Incorporates five person crew – two in the front and three in the rear. The tanker also has Thermaguard radiant heat protection curtains fitted to all cabin windows and a vehicle/crew spray protection system with switch activation from the cabin and crew tray area.
The truck is fitted with a polyethylene rota moulded water tank of 2,350 litres capacity including 650 litres of vehicle/crew spray protection water.
Costing $360,000, the new tanker was funded through CFA’s replacement vehicle program.
At a recent event, Mr David Koch MLC, Member for Western Victoria Region inspected the new tanker with Mark Owen, CFA District 16 Relieving Operations Officer and Moyston brigade Captain Bill Taylor.
Moyston brigade has 80 members and responds to approximately 20 calls a year. It has an impressive operational record second to none in the District. It took part in the disastrous Black Friday fires in 1939, and has formed many strike teams that have attended some of the biggest bushfires in Victoria over the past 50 years. Moyston also deployed to the Sydney fires in 2004.
As part of the Ararat Group of brigades, it attended major fires in 2000 and again in 2010 at Dadswells Bridge.
Moyston brigade has strong community support and had been the recipient of a large donation from AME Systems of Ararat and together with donations from the community was able to acquire a new quickfill trailer that was purchased in 2011.
A new station was built for the Moyston Brigade in 2011 and under the CSESP Grant Program purchased a 1.2.4D tanker in 2007.