New shed and tankers for ACT Rural Fire Service

Released 12/08/2012

The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) has officially taken ownership of a new $2.1 million facility and three new fire tankers during a ceremony at the Tidbinbilla Rural Fire Brigade, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.

"This new fire brigade station is a major boost for the ACT Rural Fire Service, giving the Tidbinbilla Brigade more space for its volunteer firefighters, vehicles and equipment," Mr Corbell said.

"Our RFS volunteers perform a crucial and sometimes dangerous role in our community, and it is upon the government to ensure they have the appropriate space, equipment and vehicles to undertake this important job.

"Located on Tidbinbilla Road two kilometres south of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve entrance, this new facility will also provide greater protection capability against fire to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Visitors Centre, Birrigai school and the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station and surrounding areas."

Construction of this facility follows completion of upgrades to RFS facilities at Rivers and Jerrabomberra stations as part of the ACT Governments strategy for upgrading and relocating emergency facilities across the ACT.

Mr Corbell also handed over the keys to three new rural fire service vehicles.

"These new and improved tankers have arrived just in time to be handed over for the upcoming fire season which starts in October.

"At a cost of $180,000 each, the three new medium tankers are to replace three smaller light units which have reached the end of their service life.

"These tankers can carry more water and equipment and will boost the capacity of volunteers to keep our community safe from the threat of bushfires."

All three tankers are also equipped with improved safety features including state-of-the-art fire protection for volunteer firefighters.  Crews are protected from fire in the vehicle with specialised spray over systems which are designed to enclose the cabin area with a cocoon of water spray. This is complemented with internal reflective screens that can be lowered to reduce conductive heat firefighters can experience with burnovers on the fire front.

The three new medium tankers will be based with the Molonglo, Southern and Jerrabomberra Rural Fire Service Brigades.

"It is a pleasure to be able to hand over the keys to this new $2.1m station and three new tankers and would like to take the opportunity to thank my fellow RFS volunteers for the job that they do to keep the rest of the community safe," he said.

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