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South Australian CFS Gets Major Upgrade with New Fire Trucks

Emergency Services Minister Dan Cregan joined Member for Waite Catherine Hutchesson, CFS Chief Officer Brett Loughlin and volunteers at Eden Hills CFS for the new trucks announcement
Melissa Smith

CFS Unveils New Generation of Fire Trucks

South Australian CFS volunteers are getting a major upgrade with more than a dozen new fire trucks being delivered to brigades across the state. These state-of-the-art trucks are specifically designed to tackle emergencies in built-up areas, as rural communities continue to grow and expand.

“These trucks, fitted with new and improved technology, will ensure volunteers are better equipped to serve their communities,” said Minister for Emergency Services Dan Cregan.

13 CFS trucks to roll into SA’s country regions

Thirteen CFS brigades across South Australia will receive the new trucks, starting with Eden Hills this month. Other brigades to each receive a new truck at Coffin Bay, Nairne, Cadell, Port Broughton, Keith, McLaren Vale, Port Elliot, Angaston, Littlehampton, Tumby Bay, Mil-Lel and Kapunda.

“Our CFS volunteers do more than attend bushfires, they are often called to structure and vehicle fires,” said CFS Volunteer Minister Catherine Hutchesson. “These new Urban pumpers are not only fitted with new and important equipment that helps firefighters to do their job, but they are designed to improve access and safety.”

Thermal imaging cameras and upgraded safety features

For the first time, CFS trucks will have a portable ground monitor, which is basically a remote-controlled hose nozzle. This allows firefighters to fight fires from a safer distance. New battery-powered tools like grinders and saws will help firefighters quickly access buildings during emergencies while a battery-powered fan will help clear smoke from homes, making it safer for firefighters and residents. The addition of thermal imaging cameras will help firefighters see heat signatures, allowing them to locate hidden fire pockets.

Other upgrades include a four-wheel drive system and capacity to carry around 3,000 litres of water, upgraded emergency warning lights and sirens, cabin console layouts and work deck monitors.

Data shows that of the nearly 9,400 incidents CFS personnel have responded to over the past 12 months, 2,000 of these were rural incidents – with the devastating shopping centre fire at Stirling, which caused about $25 million damage, an example of where urban-specific equipment will benefit crews.


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