Coffs Harbour fire fighters with the new ladder tender..  20 April  2016.
Coffs Harbour fire fighters with the new ladder tender.. 20 April 2016. Trevor Veale

The pride of the fire fighting fleet

COFFS Harbour is now home to the first aerial fire fighting appliance on the North Coast.

The new fire truck is the pride and joy at Fire and Rescue NSW’s Coffs Harbour station with its ability to pump 5,000 litres per minute from the top of its more than 15 metre ladder.

The ‘Aerial Pumper’ is the first of its kind in the region.

Area Commander of the Regional North Command Peter Murgatroyd said he’d been planning for more than five years to have a vehicle with this capability in the fleet.

It’s major advantage is the ability to fight a blaze that is burning more than a few metres above ground level.

With large apartment blocks and business centres now being built, Mr Murgatroyd said the $1.2 million vehicle has the ability to quickly fight fires on upper floors.

“We can also do aerial rescue with it so we’ll be able to rescue anybody that might get trapped in a high position,” he said.

“That’s something that we haven’t had a capability to do other than with our vertical rescue units but this one will actually assist those as well.”

While it will be based in Coffs Harbour, Mr Murgatroyd said the Aerial Pumper will be of benefit to the North Coast.

“The truck will also give us the ability to actually go major structural fires in other towns like Kempsey, Grafton and Armidale where they’ll need the assistance of an aerial pumper,” he said.



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