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Rosebud sets a new standard
At the brigade's Open Day on Sunday 3 March their new Iveco vehicle was finally handed over in front of special guests and officials after a lot of hard work by many people.
The integrated Rosebud Fire Brigade knew their old 1995 Multi-Purpose Vehicle/Salvage was just not up to scratch for the needs of their area. As a result fundraising began in 2009 with a target of 5 years to have the vehicle up and running.
Fundraising involved letter drops, tin rattles at community events, sausage sizzles and appeals to local charitable trusts and organizations.
Some of the major contributors were;
Hill View Quarries
Southern Peninsula Community Fund
Bendigo Bank Dromana/Rye
All Saints Op Shop and the Rotary Op Shop.
The build committee researched various cabin, chassis and body designs and spoke to other brigades involved to find the good and bad points of each vehicle type.
With the career staff regularly supporting neighbouring brigades over a wider area, a custom designed pumper /salvage truck needed to be designed specifically to meet their demands.
They approached Bell Environmental with a rough design and they were great to deal with, nothing too hard to solve and the finish quality is second to none.
The final vehicle is a 14 ton Iveco ML140E25 Cab Chassis with ABS, Stability and Traction Control, four wheel disc brakes and electric heated mirrors.
The 2000lpm Darley pump has a 2000lt water tank and 100lt B class tank and is hydraulically driven allowing pump and roll capacity up to 30kph.The pump is controlled by an emitter pump governor and has a display for all lockers, steps, lights and tank levels in the cab.
It has tank level indicators on the body sides, an innovation that has been adapted from European fire trucks. It is fitted with a remote control LED light mast that produces 2000 watts of light.
Some of the equipment carried includes a 60lt wet vac, hand tools, tarps and ropes as well as a PPV fan. A 3KW generator with four Nightsearcher lights with tripods and battery lights.
Protective gear includes two gas suits and continuous airline trolley, two splash suits and two BA sets with ten spare BA cylinders.
Although the whole brigade supported and worked on the project the main players were;
OO John Francis as Project Patron.
3rd Lt Josh Elliott-Batt as Team Leader.
Build Committee was FF Joe Allen, 4th Lt Philip Hill, SSO Neil Schlipalius, SO Mark Bruechert.
Fundraising Committee was FF Graeme Jarman, FF Trent Egan, SO Robert Ivers, OO Sean Kerr.
It is a vehicle any brigade would be proud to have in their station.