Myall Lakes’ newest emergency services asset has arrived in Forster, with Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters receiving a $470,000 state-of-the-art truck.
Nationals Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFs) Class 2 Pumper allows firefighters to tackle structural, chemical, petrol and grass fires using up to five times less water than older trucks.
“The highly efficient system combines a foam concentrate with compressed air so that fire hoses can have a superior ‘knock down’ capability, while also reducing the amount of smoke created by a blaze,” Ms Cooke said.
“This innovative new asset is an example of how the NSW Government is investing in the best resources available to help firefighters be prepared for anything and to protect the irreplaceable.”
Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the NSW Nationals in the state government are providing firefighters with the best equipment and technology available to support their vital work in protecting people and property.
“This new asset will enhance Fire and Rescue NSW’s emergency operations right across the Mid North Coast, particularly in the Myall Lakes area,” Mr Bromhead said.
“It’s vital our frontline emergency services are properly equipped to tackle the challenges they may face. This new truck will improve emergency response to all types of fires and other emergency incidents in our local community.”
Fire and Rescue NSW Acting Commissioner Jeremy Fewtrell said Fire and Rescue NSW provides its firefighters with modern vehicles with top-of-the-line capabilities to protect themselves and others.
“This new truck is part of a large roll out of new response vehicles across NSW that will give Fire and Rescue NSW crews the edge when responding to emergencies,” Acting Commissioner Fewtrell said.
Fire and Rescue NSW replaces approximately 40 vehicles each year with brand new and modern vehicles, part of a $17 million NSW Government funded program.