New Trucks for Townsville Area

Wednesday, 4 Apr 2018

The Townsville Area’s capacity to respond to bushfires and other emergencies has been made stronger thanks to the acquisition of two new medium appliances.
The vehicles made the long haul from Brisbane up the coast late last month, and are now ready to serve Millaroo Dalbeg RFB and Groper Creek RFB.

Their journey is laid out below by Rural Fire Service Brigade Training and Support Officer Jessica Eadie.

On Monday 19 March, myself and two awesome volunteers from the Northern Region, Wayne Ferguson (First officer of Millaroo Dalbeg) and Terry Coleman (Round Mountain/ Rangewood brigade member), travelled to Brisbane to pick up two brand new appliances for the Townsville Area.
We left Townsville with “ROADTRIIIIP and truck familiarisation” being our Mantra and looked forward to the adventure that lay ahead, as simple as it was.

Day one Monday March 19th, we landed in Brisbane and booked into our hotel to rest before our personal development day.

Day two Tuesday March 20th, we were greeted by Inspector Neil Kelso, who drove us to Daimler Trucks. We met up with Ian Baker and the representative from Daimler to begin our truck familiarisation. We were taken through all the new features of the new Medium (51) appliance, which included accessing the spare wheel - you don’t have to lift that anymore, thanks to a little switch and the hydraulic arm.
After a thorough familiarisation, we travelled to Caboolture Area Office where we commenced additional response capability testing of pump operations.  It was then time to hit the road again, this time to Gympie, where we dropped into the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland. We were met by Contact Centre Coordinator Dave who gave us a quick tour of the facility and we had a chat about operations. It was a really great opportunity to see where the magic happens and meet some lovely people in the process.

Day three was a long day, as we bounced along the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Rockhampton.

Day four was the longest day, with us finally getting home to Townsville after dark.
The road trip was a great opportunity to break in the appliances by allowing their first diesel particulates burn to occur and identify any issues that might occur in the new vehicles. Receiving the information first hand from the appliance manufacturer and the builders is also a huge positive, as all questions can be answered by the people with the most knowledge.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the production process of these trucks, as we know the brigades and the communities will appreciate their new resources to ensure community safety.

It's been a very busy time in the Townsville area, so don't forget to check them out on Facebook for more!

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