Echuca take new tanker off-road

Hills are scarce in the far north of Victoria so when members of Echuca Brigade needed to complete off-road training on their new tanker, they looked no further than their Moama RFS colleagues across the river.


The tanker is put through its paces. Photo courtesy Martin Flanagan

“It’s a fairly flat piece of country up here,” Echuca Brigade First Lieutenant Col Munro said. 

“The Moama RFS training ground is a great asset to have available and the crew is more than happy for us to access their facilities.”

Five members put the new 4.4C tanker through its paces earlier this month, led by District 20 instructor Neil Thompson. All members who want to drive the truck will need to complete both on and off-road training with further training being held in the next few weeks.    

“The training gives our drivers a chance to understand the new vehicle and learn to drive in on and off road scenarios in preparation to put the vehicle online,” Col said.

“It will be a great asset to Echuca and our surrounding communities especially in the upcoming summer period.”

The tanker replaced the brigade’s 14-year-old tanker.  

Photos courtesy: Echuca Brigade member Martin Flanagan and RFS Group Officer Mid Murray Zone Russell Perry 

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Author: Shaunnagh O'Loughlin