A new state of the art firefighting appliance has been delivered to Perth and will provide a significant boost to frontline emergency services.
The delivery represents the first stage of a $4.1 million program to upgrade the Fire and Rescue Service aerial appliance fleet by 2015.
FESA Chief Operations Officer Craig Hynes said the new appliance would significantly enhance firefighting capabilities in the metropolitan area, allowing firefighters more access to confined spaces.
“It is vital that firefighters have the resources to respond quickly to emergencies and this new appliance will enhance their capabilities to attend structure fires and rescue operations,” Mr Hynes said.
“The new appliance can extend to 32 metres high and features both video and infrared cameras.
“It is smaller and lighter than existing ones, making it easier for firefighters to manoeuvre and operate in confined CBD streets.
“The larger platform can carry loads of up to 500 kilograms allowing for easier movement of firefighters and can safely accommodate a stretcher or wheelchair.
“At a fire the appliance has the capacity to discharge up to 3800 litres of water per minute via the monitor placed at the front of the cage.”
Mr Hynes said the new aerial ladder platform would be stationed at Perth Fire Station where firefighters are undergoing specialist operator training.
“This acquisition represents significant improvements to current aerial appliances which will help firefighters in the role to protect the community,” he said.
“FESA is always looking for new and innovative technologies to enhance incident response effectiveness and safety.”
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