The long-awaited arrival of new heavy urban pump rescue appliances has strengthened the capability of the Metropolitan Fire Service, with the first allocation of 12 state-of-the-art assets wheeled out for duty today, increasing protection for South Australians.
The first appliance passed operational tests with flying colours and has been delivered to MFS firefighters stationed at Mount Barker. Three additional pumpers will soon become operational at O’Halloran Hill, Seaford and Salisbury MFS stations following comprehensive testing.
Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia visited Mount Barker MFS today with MFS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter Mason and Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan, to inspect the newest addition to the fleet.
“State-of-the-art trucks give our firefighters the best possible chance to save lives and property during dangerous emergencies,” Minister Tarzia said.
“The Marshall Government is committed to ensuring our MFS firefighters have the best equipment and technology available to do their job. We want them to continue saving lives but also to be safe themselves.
“These new trucks beef up the firefighting capability and, importantly, form part of our $97.5 million response to the Keelty Review to create a more bushfire resilient South Australia.”
Heavy urban pump rescue trucks provide structural firefighting support and carry heavy equipment for road crash rescues, extrications and rope line rescues.
MFS Chief Officer Michael Morgan said the new appliances will be stationed in strategic locations.
“The appliances, which are fitted with up-to-date technology and brand new equipment, will ensure the MFS is well equipped to provide the South Australian community with exceptional multi-hazard emergency response,” Mr Morgan said.
The Marshall Government has committed more than $68 million in additional funding to the MFS since 2018, including almost $15m for the new trucks, which are being delivered by Fraser Fire & Rescue.
A total of 24 new appliances – 14 on order and four recently delivered – will boost MFS capability when operational. Deliveries will be made in pairs and are expected to occur in coming months.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delivery delays for emergency service agencies across the world and, unfortunately, South Australia was not exempt.
“Despite the COVID-19 chaos, the first truck is now in operation and three more are undergoing quality testing. Fraser Fire & Rescue has made assurances the remaining assets will be delivered as quickly as possible,” Minister Tarzia said.
Mr Cregan said he was very pleased that not only has the Marshall Government delivered on its election commitment to establish a retained MFS station at Mount Barker, it’s also ensuring that local firefighters have state-of-the-art appliances to keep the community safe.
“This new appliance will ensure that my community has the best possible protection and that our local MFS firefighters are as safe as they can be,” Mr Cregan said.