Fire protection and emergency response in the Upper Hunter has received a boost with the arrival of a $500,000 Isuzu fire truck.
The fire truck, referred to as a ‘Class 2’ pumper, is now in operation after being delivered to Murrurundi Fire Station.
Upper Hunter State MP Michael Johnsen said the ‘Class 2’ fire truck will 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 Johnsen said.
“This newer model Isuzu truck has an Automated Manual Transmission, which makes it easier to drive, a better braking system, providing increased safety for firefighters, and the equipment stowage configuration has been optimised to enable safe and easy access to firefighting equipment.”
FRNSW Superintendent Murray West 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 Murrurundi community and will help improve the overall quality of our emergency response.”
Superintendent West said Murrurundi fire and rescue crews, led by Captain Mick Power and Deputy Captains Rodney Swansborough and David Bettington, did a tremendous job responding to fires and other emergencies as well as actively promoting fire safety in the community.
Meanwhile, a new fire station at Murrurundi is expected to be completed early next year.
The $900,000 facility will provide space for two engine bays, more car parking, a training room, and a gymnasium.
It is being constructed at the rear of the current station and on adjoining land.
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