Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons joined Member for Heathcote Lee Evans today to hand over a new $580,000 firefighting tanker to the Menai Fire Station.
Mr Evans said the new ‘Class 3’ pumper will improve the capacity of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters to deal with fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies. The state-of-the-art fire engine features a high-pressure pump capable of delivering 4,000 litres of water a minute for firefighting.
“This new truck will help put firefighters ahead of the game when it comes to managing all types of fires and hazardous material incidents,” Mr Evans said.
“It incorporates a foam system for fighting chemical, petrol and bush fires, and carries equipment for firefighting, chemical spills, rescues, and medical emergencies.”
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to providing our firefighters with the best equipment and technology available.
“This Government continues to back our firies right across NSW and ensure they have the support to undertake their vital work –protecting life and property,” Mr Grant said.
“This financial year alone we have provided FRNSW with $16.8 million to invest in new equipment.”
FRNSW Metropolitan South Zone Commander, Trent Lawrence said FRNSW continued to provide its firefighters with modern vehicles and the latest technology for their vital work in protecting people, property and the environment.
“The FRNSW fleet is made up of more than 650 fire engines and rescue vehicles and our priority is to ensure firefighters have the best vehicles available to do their jobs safely and effectively,” he said.
“Menai firefighters do a terrific job protecting the local community and this new truck will further improve the overall quality of our emergency response.” Ms Gibbons said.
In 2016/17, Menai firefighters responded to more than 427 fire and emergency calls and took part in more than 300 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.
Office of Lee Evans – 9548 0144
Office of Melanie Gibbons – 9825 3653