New truck boosts service
The Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service has received a new fire truck just in time for the bushfire season.
The service received the 3000L tanker last Wednesday and it will replace the 16-year-old tanker the service has.
Service Captain Michael Whitelaw said it had not been decided when the old tanker would be removed.
“It’s good to be able to service the community with equipment that’s new and more reliable,” he said.
The replacement has been in the works for about 12 months and the call that they were receiving the tanker happened about two weeks ago.
As a 3.4 urban tanker, it means the truck carries 3000L, is a four-wheel-drive and can be used in urban and off-road environments.
Improvements compared to the previous tanker include the replacement of plastic parts on the exterior with metal, the removal of unused items, the rearrangement of items into more commonsense locations and onboard blankets and rebreathers.
“Having modern firefighting equipment in a fire prone area is a real benefit,” volunteer Clinton Bailey said.
Capt. Whitelaw said the truck would not be operational until early December after training had been completed.
Busselton was the first crew in the State to receive the upgraded tanker and teams in Donnybrook and Yornup each have one.
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