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SA loves our truck
A delegation of seven personnel from South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS) made a trip over to Melbourne on 17 September to learn about CFA’s new generation medium pumper.
The group received both practical and theoretical run-downs on the truck, and heard a special presentation focusing on the merits of the thinking behind the choice of a dead hose reel system, following scientific trials carried out by OH&S expert Peter Langridge.
CFA Operations Officer Craig Brownlie said it was important for fire services around Australis to keep learning from each other.
“The Medium Pumper Symposium was a great opportunity for CFA to show our South Australian counterparts a new vehicle that has been widely accepted as being on the leading edge of design,” he said.
“I’d like to acknowledge Colin Chapman who has done a great job with this project right from the start and made sure we’ve been talking and listening to all the right people.
“It’s important that fire services across Australia all keep learning from each other, so no doubt we’ll be talking to CFS in future about something they have led the way on."
The first of the new medium pumpers came online on 8 September in Mooroopna after an intensive period of training and familiarisation for members.
Mooroopna Captain Ray Stockwell said the truck had saw considerable action in its first few days, including a fully involved car fire and a catchment exercise in Nagambie.
“It’s an absolutely fantastic piece of equipment. This pumper has been designed by people who know what they’ve been doing, and know what’s required,” he said. “My brigade has worked very hard in getting trained up, and there have been no big issues so far.”
Chief Officer Steve Warrington described the brigade’s effort as “a great example of our respective teams working together to produce a good outcome for our people on the ground.
“A new truck design has been built and delivered to the DMOs and, within four weeks, it’s in service with members having been fully trained in its capability. Well done to all.”
At the Nagambie exercise, the truck was put through its paces alongside appliances including the Scoresby Hoselayer and Baileston quickfull.
“We looked at different pumping capacities over the 1km hoselay, and the delivery of water to the Shepparton aerial pumper,” said Ray.