10 May 2024

Gundagai Fire Station receives state-of-the-art tanker

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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New fire truck for Gundagai

The Mercedes Atego Class 1 tanker, valued at $660,000, was delivered to Gundagai. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW.

A new multipurpose tanker valued at $660,000 has been delivered to Gundgai’s fire station as part of Fire and Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) annual replacement program.

FRNSW crew at Gundagai welcomed the Mercedes Atego Class 1 tanker, which is capable of travelling off-road to reach fires and is regarded as FRNSW’s ‘jack of all trades’.

The Gundagai FRNSW crew have familiarised themselves with the vehicle over the past few days.

It boasts a ‘pump-and-roll’ capability that enables it to deliver water while moving. An in-built HALO sprinkler cabin protection system safeguards the crew, particularly when threatened by ‘burn-over’ situations.

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The tanker was one of a number of new vehicles that rolled off the Fire and Rescue production line in recent months, said FRNSW Region South Area Commander Greg Buckley.

“This is a welcome addition to the Riverina fleet,” Chief Superintendent Buckley said about the acquisition. “The crew can’t wait to put it through its paces.”

“We’re particularly happy with the tanker’s ‘pump and roll’ technology, which means it’s particularly effective in extinguishing bushfires and fast-moving grass fires.”

Emergency Services Minister Jihad Dib said the tanker was the latest fire truck provided under FRNSW’s $17m annual vehicle replacement program.

“We’re ensuring that fire trucks that reach the end of their service life are swapped out for new vehicles that will help protect local communities for years to come,” Mr Dib said.

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