Firefighters getting an update to their fleet
RURAL firefighters on the Mid North Coast are awaiting the delivery of a fire truck capable of carrying 9000 litres of water to remote bushland.
The district will receive three new trucks and five general vehicles as it updates its fleet for the coming year.
Acting team manager Inspector Brett Loughlin said the new category six appliance was the latest in Australian firefighting technology.
"It's a heavy tanker fitted with a remote-controlled fire nozzle mounted on the bullbar," he said.
"It can deliver water to areas difficult for smaller trucks to reach and has the capacity to shoot very high-pressure water for static fires on things like hay sheds.
"These are very state-of-the-art vehicles."
A category one tanker carrying up to 3500 litres of water and six firefighters will also joint he fleet, alongside a smaller category seven with a 1500-litre capacity.
"They will replace some existing vehicles that are coming up to the end of their fleet life," Insp Loughlin said.
The new vehicles are expected to be delivered early in the new year.