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Firies earn new truck

TIMELY UPGRADE: Thangool Rural Fire Service received a new fire truck last week; an impressive step up from their 20 year old ute.
TIMELY UPGRADE: Thangool Rural Fire Service received a new fire truck last week; an impressive step up from their 20 year old ute. Vanessa Jarrett

AFTER 20 YEARS, the Thangool Rural Fire Service have received an upgrade - a new shiny yellow new fire truck.

The new fire truck has all the bells and whistles and according to Thangool Captain, Don Baldwin, it will allow them to put out fires better.

"This one can hold 1,000 litres of water," he said.

"So we can stop on site for longer and not have to worry about getting more water."

Prior to the new truck, the fireys were using an old they have had since 1997.

"The last one only had 500 litres, half an hour and you were chasing more water," Don said.

"So this one can definitely can do a lot better and can fight the fires better.

"A bigger tank is going to give us a better advantage."

Given to the Thangool Station, it will also be able to go to further out to surround areas for fires.

"It will get taken out a lot more."

 

Members of the rural fire service learning the ins and outs of the new truck.
Members of the rural fire service learning the ins and outs of the new truck. Vanessa Jarrett

Members of the Thangool crew all came out to check out the new truck, having a look at the inside, the equipment and learning how it all worked.

Officiating the changeover was Acting Inspector for the Rural Fire Service Gladstone, Chris Artiemiew who said the features on the new truck far outshone the last one.

"There is two new huge hose reels," Chris said.

"One has high pressure and with that the firefighters can get into trees and power poles."

One of the latest models, the new truck has high standards of safety with safety and overide swtiches,

"It's brand new, bigger capacity, of a safer height clearance, more to storage capacity to carry gear."

The new truck is valued over $100,000 and has been supplied by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services from the Queensland Government.

The old ute will taken back to headquarters where it will be sent for auction.

"We hope the truck will last 10-15 years," Chris said.

Topics:  fire and emergency services fire truck rural fire and rescue service thangool


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