Wattle Glen CFA to get new Tanker

Wattle Glen CFA is set to receive $100,000 for the purchase of a new medium tanker, as one of the successful recipients of the Andrews Labor Government’s $9.3 million Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.

The new tanker is a four wheel drive vehicle, used for primary response to wildfires, for strike teams and as a secondary response to urban incidents. It’s a manoeuvrable vehicle more suited to access difficult terrain.

It will replace the brigade’s outdated two wheel drive tanker, and will improve the safety of Wattle Glen’s firefighters, and has an increased water-carrying and pumping capacity.

 

All five crew will now travel in an enclosed duel crew cab rather than three being seated in the roll over protection area which leaves firefighters exposed in the case of a burnover.

The new medium tanker will enable the Brigade to respond more efficiently and effectively to any kind of incident, including those in difficult to access areas and increases the firefighting capacity of not only the Wattle Glen brigade but the whole Nillumbik CFA Group.

 

Under the VESEP program, the government commits $2 for every $1 raised by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor facility upgrades.

 

The $9.3 million package also includes more than $2.8 million for a state-wide initiative to improve the safety and wellbeing of volunteer firefighters.

 

The Victorian State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association were among the other organisations to receive grants under the almost $13 million program.

 

In addition to the VESEP program the Labor Government has invested tens of millions of dollars since it came to government in new CFA trucks, station rebuilds and upgrades, and new training facilities.

 

For more information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit emv.vic.gov.au.

 

Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP

“The tanker grant provides a welcome boost to the firefighting capacity of the Wattle Glen CFA, together with the much awaited building of the brigade’s new station”

 

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources.”