Fire protection and emergency response in Yamba has received a boost with the arrival of a $310,000 fire truck.
The new Mercedes Benz fire truck, referred to as a ‘Class 2’ pumper, is now in
operation after being delivered to Yamba Fire Station last week.
Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis, said the new ‘Class 2’ fire truck had the latest equipment and technology, which would increase the capacity of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters to deal with fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies.
“The NSW State Government is committed to providing firefighters with the best equipment and technology available,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The state-of-the art Mercedes Benz truck has a larger cabin than previous trucks, providing greater comfort and safety for firefighters. The rear of the truck has also been remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.”
FRNSW Northern Rivers Zone Commander, Superintendent Greg Lewis, said FRNSW continued to provide its firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work in protecting NSW families.
“The FRNSW fleet is made up of more than 650 fire engines and rescue vehicles across NSW and our priority is to ensure that firefighters have the best vehicles available to enable them to the do their jobs effectively and safely,” he said.
“The new truck will help firefighters better protect the Yamba community and will help improve the overall quality of our emergency response.”
Superintendent Lewis said Yamba fire and rescue crews did a tremendous job protecting the community.
In 2013/14, Yamba firefighters responded to more than 120 fire and emergency calls and took part in more than 110 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.
Left - Right : Duty Officer Inspector Phil Sheedy, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Captain David Woods, firefighter Andrew Morris, firefighter John Hallam, new recruit firefighter Jordan Bonner, firefighter Scott Butler & Northern Rivers Zone Commander Supt Greg Lewis.
Window, Left - Right : Deputy Captain Michael Brooks, firefighter Tom Commerford.