New tankers to help firies

May 19, 2017

NSW RFS Tullakool captain Bill Hulands and permit officer Robert Hosking. Photo by Luke Hemer.

NSW RFS Deniliquin deputy captain Wayne Fitzpatrick. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Three local Rural Fire Service brigades were presented with new vehicles at a special ceremony held at Moama on Saturday.

NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald was a special guest at the event, which also included presenting long service medals to Moama brigade members.

RFS Mid Murray Zone Inspector Jim Puniard said the new vehicles included new tankers for the Tullakool and Koraleigh brigades.

‘‘Tullakool received a single cab Category 1 tanker, with a 3500 litre water capacity.

‘‘Koraleigh received a twin cab Category 1 tanker, with a 3000 litre capacity.’’

Insp Puniard said the third vehicle, a command vehicle, went to the Deniliquin RFS brigade and was accepted by Captain Wayne Fitzpatrick on the day.

‘‘The command vehicle is an Isuzu D-Max, valued at about $60,000,’’ Insp Puniard said.

‘‘Last year we handed back an older model Landcruiser, so this is a replacement vehicle.

‘‘It will better allow us to participate in time of emergencies — transporting firefighters to fire grounds when shifts are required and also assisting other emergency services when a full tanker is not required.’’

Insp Puniard said the vehicle comes complete with basic safety equipment like a first aid kit, flashing lights and hi-visibility vests.

He said as the brigade better understands the vehicle’s uses, it will be ‘‘kitted out’’ with the necessary equipment in the future.

The Moama event was one of two held in the region last week, with Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald also celebrating brigade members and presenting new resources in Jerilderie last Friday.

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