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Sunday, 14 October 2018


Volunteer firefighters in Newstead and Campbells Creek are responding to fires and other emergencies in new heavy tankers, delivering a major boost to the two central Victorian towns. 

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards officially handed over both tankers today, as she thanked Newstead and District Fire Brigade members and Campbells Creek Fire Brigade members for protecting lives and properties.

The two $420,000 appliances replace both brigade’s previous heavy tankers and have been funded through the CFA’s Planned Vehicle Replacement Program.

They have a number of benefits, including:

  • pump controls in the cabin, deck and rear of the pumper 
  • capacity to transport five crew members
  • a bullbar-mounted electric monitor
  • key safety features, including an internal roll cage and 750 litres of water for crew protection.

There are now four heavy tankers within Mount Alexander Shire, with the Castlemaine and Harcourt brigades also operating them.

The Campbells Creek Fire Brigade was formed in 1876 and the Newstead and District Fire Brigade was formed in 1942.

Both brigades frequently send strike teams to major incidents, including interstate.

Ms Edwards also spoke at the hand-over event about Fire Action Week, which finishes today.

Fire Action Week, which has been held each year since 2009, is a time for households to increase their understanding of local fire risks, prepare their properties and plan how to stay safe.

Ms Edwards said it was a perfect opportunity for people to speak to family, friends and neighbours about what to do on hot, dry and windy days, including when to leave and where to go to stay safe.

 “The volunteers at the Campbells Creek Fire Brigade and the Newstead and District Fire Brigade have been protecting their towns and surrounding communities for more than 70 years.”

“This new tanker is a significant boost to the brigade’s capabilities, helping members respond to fires and other emergencies.”

“The Andrews Labor Government will continue to work with the CFA to ensure firefighters have the infrastructure, equipment and training they need to keep people safe.”

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