New fire trucks and station to help keep Canberra safe

Released 02/09/2020

Two new urban fire trucks have arrived to the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) to strengthen ACT Fire & Rescue’s (ACTF&R) fleet as the ACT Government commits to a new Molonglo emergency services station.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said the two specialised vehicles would enhance ACTF&R’s ability to respond to emergencies across a range of situations.

“There’s a new specialised urban pumper equipped with a 25 metre ladder and rescue platform and a new larger truck with a 42 metre aerial platform for accessing multi-story buildings,” said Minister Gentleman.

“Both vehicles feature advanced technology including thermal cameras and wheelchair accessible ramps. This delivers on our $4.2 million commitment in the 2018-19 ACT Budget.

“I’m pleased that the new specialised urban pumper will be named after former ACTF&R Chief Officer Mark Brown to provide lasting recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ACT Community.

“We’re providing our firefighters access to safe, reliable, purpose-made equipment for responding to structure fires and emergencies as more Canberrans choose to live and work in multi-storey buildings.”

Acting Chief Officer ACTF&R Chris Zeitlhofer said “our firefighters are looking forward to continuing their training with the new vehicles, to ensure they are ready to provide 24/7 rapid response to the community.”

Minister Gentleman said the ACT Government was also committed to delivering a new emergency services station for the Molonglo Valley, following the recently announced joint ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue station for the City.

“We provided $939,000 funding in the 2019-20 budget to progress due diligence and forward design for future joint stations in the City and the Molonglo Valley. This will help inform the planning, budget and location for a new Molonglo Station.

“The new stations will provide accommodation for some of the 99 firefighters we are recruiting into ACT Fire & Rescue over the next five years.”

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