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New road rescue crew for Melton
Melton CFA has further strengthened its capabilities in road rescue with the addition of 10 career firefighters to the brigade.
The new dedicated road rescue crew started operating last Monday (15 April) with an extra two firefighters per shift who will operate the brigade’s specialised road rescue truck and equipment.
Melton CFA Senior Station Officer Michael Masters said the extra crew would benefit both the brigade and the community.
“Obviously it will reduce our response times to road accidents which is important with Melton Fire Brigade being first responders in road rescue,” SSO Masters said.
“It will also ease the pressures on both career and volunteer members as the brigade does attend quite a lot of road rescue calls.”
SSO Masters said this was particularly in the day when the calls were mostly attended by career staff, as many of the brigade’s volunteers are at work.
“In saying this we will still rely heavily on our volunteer members to work with our dedicated crew as at most road rescue incidents, you need a few people to help out,” he said.
“As well as this, our volunteers have been doing road rescue for many years and are all very experienced in the area.”
SSO Masters said the new firefighters had come from stations across CFA’s District 14, including Point Cook and Sunbury and from other parts of the state such as Ballarat and Patterson River.
He said the new firefighters, as well as Melton’s 18 career staff, had undertaken special training in road rescue.
The two-week course - held at the fire station, a training centre in Melton and at CFA’s Fiskville Training College – was both practical and theory-based and involved a lot of hands-on work using specialised tools and equipment.
SSO Masters said Melton firefighters would continue to maintain and build on their road rescue skills and techniques.
Further details are also in this week’s Melton Leader.