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Trentham acquires ultralight for Lyonville annex
Trentham Fire Brigade is now the very proud owner of an ultra-light appliance that will be housed at its Lyonville annex, thanks to a generous offer from Daylesford FB, one of the neighbouring brigades in Glenlyon Group.
By Ethan Brown
The vehicle was previously owned by Daylesford brigade, which identified that its use could be increased by being located at an alternative location. By keeping it within the group, its flexibility in operating in areas with limited access still remained local. Trentham was a perfect choice.
The brigade has gone through an extensive process over many years working with the local Lyonville community on a project that would provide a more localised emergency response service in the area. Lyonville is in an area of very high bushfire risk, surrounded by Wombat State Forest, and with limited transport routes running through it.
As part of the project, local residents joined the brigade and undertook their training, fundraising for a shed and vehicle commenced, a site for the annex was acquired, and after many years, a shed was constructed in late 2016. That left the brigade looking for a smaller firefighting vehicle.
The vehicle will be a great first responder to local incidents, and to prove the point, was officially turned out for the first time within a few hours of being handed over.
Trentham brigade extends its sincere thanks to both Daylesford Fire Brigade for its generous gesture, and to the Lyonville community itself, especially those residents who have joined the brigade, for its ongoing fundraising efforts and donations.
Photos: Ethan Brown