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New Addition to Tyers Fire Brigade
* Story by Joanne Melton
Tyers Fire Brigade has increased its emergency response capability with the addition of a new 1.2D light tanker.
The member for Morwell, Russell Northe, officially handed over the keys to the new vehicle on Saturday 24th November. The event was attended by the Latrobe City Mayor Sandy Kam, CFA Gippsland Regional Director Mark Potter and District 10 Operations Manager Allan Rankin as well as members of the local community.
The purchase of the new vehicle was made possible through a successful application for funding through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) and CFA as well as contributions from brigade fundraising activities within the local community. Brigade Captain Wayne Beggs also made a special mention and gave thanks to generous contributions from The Treyvaud Family, The Worcester Family Trust and The Crocker Family together with the tireless fundraising activities of local schoolgirl Lauren Hood.
The new vehicle will enhance the brigade capabilities and response times in the surrounding hilly terrain. Captain Wayne Beggs said “The new light tanker will make it easier for us to reach more confined areas and will also be extra protection for the town in the event that the existing truck is deployed on a strike team”.
The official ceremony was followed by a barbeque lunch.