Fighting fire from the inside

Two Wells CFS brigade took delivery of a new firefighting truck last month. The truck is a replacement of one of the brigade’s two older model trucks and, according to brigade captain, Adam Harris, has the ability to reduce the number of volunteers needed on call outs and make fire fighting safer.

“There’s not a huge amount of difference in terms of equipment (in the new truck) compared to the old one,” Adam said.

“But one thing this appliance does have is a remote control monitor mounted to the front of the vehicle.

“This will enable crew members to fight grass fires with less crews.”

The remote monitor is operated by a joystick inside the cab of the truck and allows CFS members to directly spray fire outbreaks without leaving the safety of the cabin.

It has a range of between 30 and 40 metres and its position and flow can be altered to suit the situation.

Adam says the remote monitor will positively impact the way fires are fought and is a big bonus of the new appliance.

n In other news, the Two Wells brigade runs a cadet training program for youths aged 11-16 years of age from 5.30pm – 7pm every second Wednesday.

During these sessions, cadets are introduced to the basics of firefighting, including familiarisation with and handling of specialized equipment, teamwork challenges and practice of emergency call outs and procedures. For more information on cadets at Two Wells CFS contact cadet team leader, Chantel Harris, on 0422 627 886.

n Pictured above: Two Wells CFS brigade took delivery of a new firefighting truck last month. Pictured at back are cadet members, from left, Blake Harris, Mackenzie Cummins, Taryn Sochacki, Carla Harris and Despina Kiparoglou with (front) cadet team leader Chantel Harris, John “Kipa” Kiparoglou and brigade captain Adam Harris.

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