York Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is now better equipped to fight fires after receiving a new $101,000 light tanker appliance that enhances the crew’s capabilities to respond to emergencies.
Avon District Manager Mark Bowen said that the new pump has an increased capacity and uses water more efficiently.
“The old York appliance was nearing the end of service life,” Mr Bowen said.
“The new pump has the latest firefighting equipment for the York crew.
“The new light tanker can pump 180 litres of water per minute which is a significant improvement over its predecessor.
“This appliance also has many safety 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 Avon region are 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 Bowen said.
“You can play your part in reducing the risk of a bushfire by reducing the amount of vegetation around your property and ensuring you have a bushfire survival plan.”
For information on how you can prepare for a bushfire visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au to view FESA’s Prepare. Act. Survive document.
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