The brigade came up with the project three years ago at the start of 2009 with a five year vision to raise just over $350,000 to build the truck.
Remarkably, the brigade was able to raise the funds required within three and a half years through several generous donations from the community and local businesses.
Rosebud Fire Brigade’s 3rd Lieutenant Josh Elliott-Batt said they started the project by putting together two committees – one to organise fundraising and one to research the needs of the brigade and surrounding areas, and the appropriate vehicle body types.
“The fundraising committee organised letter drops to the Rosebud area, newspaper articles and approached local philanthropic organisations and incredibly, the money slowly started flowing in,” he said.
“Meanwhile, the build committee were busy visiting other brigades that had built vehicles recently to find out what worked and what they’d do differently next time.
“The team quickly identified the need for another pumper due to the work load of the current Rosebud Pumper 1 – often well outside the immediate area.”
Josh said the new Rosebud Pumper 2 would increase the brigade’s firefighting capability by broadening its coverage area along the Southern Peninsula.
“The Mornington Peninsula is one of the busiest tourist areas over summer which ultimately increases fire risk. This new pumper will boost the brigade’s ability to protect lives and property, particularly over the busy tourist period,” he said.
“Rosebud attends approximately 500 – 550 call outs per year so it’s easy to see the need to further enhance the brigade’s resources.”
The new Rosebud Pumper 2 is an IVECO which has a 2000lt per minute water capacity, pump and roll capacity along with increased safety features such as ABS, stability and traction control, four wheel disc brakes and an increased weight capacity.
Josh would like to thank all the Rosebud Fire Brigade members for their amazing work on this project.
“A special thanks to the head of the fundraising committee Graeme Jarman and the build committee who worked so hard to find this great vehicle,” he said.
“I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Rosebud community who supported us and gave generous donations. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Photos by CFA's Keith Pakenham