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New tanker for Bulla
Bulla Fire Brigade members found it fitting that on 24 November 2013, CFA Sunday, they were able to present the brigade’s new 2.4C Hino crew cab to the community and surrounding areas.
With generous donations from the community and hard work fundraising the money by the brigade, Bulla brigade submitted an application in the 2011-12 Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program (VESEP) program after 13 years of dedication and planning.
Bulla’s new $265,000 tanker was officially presented by Andrew Elsbury MLC, member for Western Metropolitan Region. Bulla Captain Larry Pelly accepted the keys and thanked Andrew on behalf of the brigade.
Deputy Chief Officer Joe Buffone and Acting Operations Manager John Anderson also spoke at the presentation, both commenting on the new tanker being a great asset to Bulla brigade and community and commending the brigade on its efforts.
The new truck is a Hino GT four-wheel-drive crew cab medium tanker that seats five people with increased pumping capacity. The truck incorporates all of the latest CFA safety features such as spray deluge system and drop down fire protection curtains in the cabin. The water tank on the truck holds 2,350 litres. It also has a class A foam around the pump foam system. The truck has two live reels with electric rewind. 1 x 30 metre length of 38mm hose and 1 x 60 metre length of 12mm ultra high pressure hose for blacking out purposes.
VESEP is an ongoing program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides local emergency services volunteer groups access to grants for operational equipment, vehicles, trucks,
tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements.
"Whilst VESEP covered a large proportion of the costs, Bulla brigade worked hard to raise the additional money," explains Captain Pelly, "exceeding $50,000 through fundraising efforts, burn-offs and the collection of donations from the local community, businesses and charity foundations."
The volunteers and community members put together a great spread of morning tea to top off a great morning.
Story by Lieutenant Martin Pelly.
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn - CFA Photographer.