Fire protection and emergency response in The Hills community will be enhanced with the handover of a new $760,000 pumper to Baulkham Hills Fire Station today.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter to officially deliver the pumper.
Featuring a pump that supplies up to 4,000 litres of water per minute and a Compressed Air Foam (CAFS) system, the new appliance will assist firefighters in responding to chemical, petrol and bush fire related incidents.
The new vehicle is fitted with a GPS navigation unit and an electronic message board on the back to warn motorists of emergency operations. The engine meets stringent emission standards.
Mr Elliott said the new vehicle would serve to improve emergency response in The Hills district, providing even greater protection for local residents.
“The NSW Government recognises the wonderful work FRNSW do in responding to a range of emergencies across NSW and this pumper will go a long way to ensure they can continue to keep our communities safe.
“This truck is just one part of a large roll out of vehicles across the state that will give our firefighters the edge when responding to various emergencies,” Mr Elliott said.
Commissioner Baxter said FRNSW is continuing to provide its firefighters with modern vehicles that will offer top-of-the-line capabilities to protect NSW families.
“Latest figures show that Baulkham Hills firefighters respond to over 1100 emergency incidents each year and take part in more than 160 community safety activities to educate the local community about fire safety, so it is fitting that they receive this new pumper.”
“Our firefighters are prepared for anything – whether it’s rescuing you from a crashed car, providing emergency medical care to your loved one or humanitarian relief to your community during a natural disaster – having these vehicles in our fleet means we will be better prepared to meet the ever-growing challenges facing our communities,” Commissioner Baxter said.
FRNSW replaces on average up to 40 vehicles each year with brand new and modern vehicles as part of a $17 million annual program.