Tasmania Fire Service, SES receive new vehicles

BATTLE: Legana Fire Brigade Second Officer Scott Hayes and Chief Michael Clifford with their new vehicle. Picture: Phillip Biggs

BATTLE: Legana Fire Brigade Second Officer Scott Hayes and Chief Michael Clifford with their new vehicle. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The first three of 28 new emergency services vehicles and appliances have been handed to Tasmanian brigades.

Outside the Tasmania Fire and State Emergency Service State Conference in Launceston on Saturday, two trucks and a purpose-built rescue truck was handed over. 

Two vehicles will join the Port Sorell and Legana fire stations while the rescue truck will be based at the Flinders Island SES Unit. 

Emergency Services Minister Rene Hidding handed over the keys to the new machines and praised the volunteers and staff for their service. 

“They deserve the best we can give them,” he said.

The remaining 25 vehicles will be rolled out later this year.

Mr Hidding said the state’s ability to construct its own fire equipment was a benefit.

“Elsewhere in Australia they’re very jealous of the face that we’ve built our own, for Tasmanian purposes and they’re some of the very best firefighting appliances in the world for the kind of terrain we’re working in,” he said. 

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol said he loved watching the new trucks roll out.

“It gives us better equipment, the most recent technology to deliver great service to the people of Tasmania,” he said. 

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