BAMAWM Extension CFA is set to receive a new light tanker after a $170,000 boost.
The brigade received the funding as part of the Victorian Government’s 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.
Captain George Calleja said the brigade was ecstatic.
‘‘Our area is growing very quickly with new subdivisions, so this new tanker will make sure our area is properly equipped for the future to help the community and will make sure we’re keeping up with the times,’’ he said.
The twin cab tanker, which the brigade will get in the next eight to 10 months, will replace its five-year-old ultralight tanker.
‘‘The ultralight is sightly smaller with a lower capacity, holding 1000 litres of water,’’ Mr Calleja said.
‘‘You can’t fight fires from the back of it, it’s all ground work. Whereas the new one holds 1800 litres and you can chase fires with it with two people on the back and five in the front.’’
Mr Calleja said the brigade would sell the ultralight to pay the extra $30,000 needed for the $200,000 tanker.
‘‘We still need to raise about $5000 to $6000 as it doesn’t come with a hose reel of class A foam,’’ he said.
Other emergency volunteer groups in the Murray Plains electorate to receive funding include Echuca SES ($1263) and Leitchville CFA ($2640).
Echuca SES unit controller Ian Marriott said it would use the money to buy a test and tag machine.
‘‘SES, like most other organisations, need to have their electrical cables and appliances tested annually for safety,’’ he said.
‘‘The equipment that we were borrowing for our accredited members to do the testing and tagging was very old so we can use the new equipment and printer for our electrical gear but we can also use it to assist other organisations in the area.’’
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said local emergency volunteers did a wonderful job in protecting the community and these grants would help to ensure they had the equipment and facilities to do the job.
‘‘They will also take the pressure off volunteers having to go out on the street rattling the tins and running sausage sizzles – it frees up a lot of volunteer time that can be spent more productively,’’ he said.
‘‘Our country communities are built on the backs of our volunteers and I take this opportunity to once again thank our tireless community volunteers who give their own time and expertise to keep our communities safe.’’