Communities benefit from new tankers

REGION - The communities of Marnoo and Pomonal have already benefited as a result of receiving new fire tankers courtesy of the Napthine State Government.

Both the Marnoo Fire Brigade and Pomonal Fire Brigade were handed over the keys to new tankers late last year and apart from regular patrol duties and training, the tankers were used during fires in both regions in January.

Member for Western Victoria, David O'Brien, was in Marnoo last year to hand over the keys to the new $335,000 tanker to the Marnoo Fire Brigade captain, Lyle Johnson.

The new tanker has replaced the brigade's 15-year-old vehicle. It is the first new tanker the brigade has ever had and also the first four wheel drive tanker.

"It has all of the latest CFA safety features such as radiant heat protection curtains fitted to all cabin windows," Mr O'Brien said.

"The tanker seats five firefighters, carries more than 2000 litres of water and is equipped with a rollover protection bar."

The tanker was funded through the CFA's vehicle replacement program.

"I am sure the new tanker will help reduce the threat of fires in the Wimmera well into the future," Mr O'Brien said.

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, was given the same honour of handing over the keys to a new tanker to the Pomonal Fire Brigade.

Mr Ramsay said the arrival of the new tanker boosted the firefighting capabilities in the Grampians.

"This new truck replaces a 23 year-old tanker and will assist firefighting efforts in Pomonal and the wider Grampians region," Mr Ramsay said.

"The tanker is heat-protected and has a spray protection system to keep firefighters safe in the event of a burnover.

It seats five firefighters, carries more than 2000 litres of water and is equipped with a diesel powered engine and a rollover protection bar," Mr Ramsay said.

Pomonal Fire Brigade has 72 members and responds to approximately 20 calls a year. The vehicle was purchased through the CFA's replacement vehicle program.

"The local community should be commended on their fundraising efforts," Mr Ramsay said.

Mr Ramsay said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to support the state's emergency services.

"The Coalition Government values the vital work Victoria's emergency services do throughout the year, and is committed to ensuring brigades have the necessary resources to carry out their important tasks."

Mr Ramsay said the Coalition Government was proud of the vital work performed by CFA, one of the world's largest volunteer organisations with more than 60,000 members - 98 percent of them volunteers.

"The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA volunteers by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property," Mr Ramsay said.

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