Boost for Coral Bay volunteers with new firefighting pump
The Coral Bay Volunteer Emergency Service is now better equipped to fight fires after receiving a new Rural Tanker appliance.
Gascoyne Area Manager Ian Thompson said the new pump would enhance the capabilities of the crews to quickly and safely respond to emergencies in the Coral Bay area.
“The old Coral Bay appliance was nearing the end of service life,” Mr Thompson said.
“The new $176,000 tanker will provide volunteers with the latest firefighting equipment.
“It can pump 380 litres of water per minute which is a significant improvement over its predecessor.
“This appliance also has many features that will make responding to emergencies safer, with the increased braking and handling capabilities not available when the old appliance was built.”
The replacement of the old vehicle is thanks to FESA’s Capital Works Program.
People in the Gascoyne region were also reminded that above average rainfall has resulted in an increase in the amount of vegetation on the ground this dry season.
“More vegetation on the ground means there is more fuel for bushfires,” Mr Thompson said.
“You can play your part in reducing bushfire risk, by reducing the amount of vegetation around your property and ensuring you have a bushfire survival plan.”