Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall presents the keys to the Class 2 pumper to Armidale Fire & Rescue Station Officer Wayne Zikan today.
FIRE protection and emergency response in Armidale has received a huge boost with the arrival of a brand new $310,000 fire truck, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today
The new Mercedes Benz fire truck, referred to as a ‘Class 2’ pumper, is now in operation after being delivered to Armidale Fire Station last week.
Mr Marshall inspected the new vehicle this morning with local firefighters and 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 state-of-the art Mercedes Benz truck has a larger cabin than previous trucks, providing greater comfort and safety for firefighters,” Mr Marshall said. “The rear of the truck has also been remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.”
“The NSW Government is committed to providing firefighters with the best equipment and technology available and I’m delighted that our Armidale firefighters and the community will benefit from this new fire truck.”
Mr Marshall said Armidale fire and rescue crews did a tremendous job protecting the community.
“Last year Armidale firefighters responded to more than 600 fire and emergency calls and took part in more than 240 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety,” he said.
“There’s hardly a day that goes by that our firefighters aren’t called on to protecting the community and they do a wonderful job.”
FRNSW Regional North 3 Acting Zone Commander Rod Chetwynd 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 them to enable to the do their jobs effectively and safely,” he said.
“The new truck will help firefighters better protect the Armidale community and will help improve the overall quality of our emergency response.”