Safe & Sound

Now, firefighters will be better equipped to respond to major rescue incidents.

Firefighters will be better equipped to respond to major rescue incidents, including building collapses, heavy vehicle accidents and large animal emergencies, with the investment of four new technical rescue vehicles, each worth $1.2 million. Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant handed over two of the new trucks to Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews recently at the Museum of Fire in Penrith. “Around a hundred years ago our firefighters battled blazes off the back of horse-drawn carts. Today these brand new trucks provide cutting-edge equipment enabling our firies to deal with high-pressure rescue incidents,” Mr Grant said.
“These highly specialised vehicles are the first of their kind in NSW and will increase the capacity of our firefighters to deal with some of the most difficult and dangerous rescue operations. They are a testament to the technological advancements fire rescue appliances have seen over the last century. “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is absolutely committed to providing our FRNSW crews with the resources they need to undertake their lifesaving work.”

The $4.8 million investment in new trucks will give firefighters access to:

· Large hydraulic tools to conduct rescues at heavy vehicle accidents;
· Specialised air trolley, rope rescue equipment and a stretcher for rescues in confined spaces;
· Vehicle-mounted winch for complex vehicle rescues;
· Portable LED lighting for rescue scenes;
· Specialised equipment for rescuing large animals; and
· Quick-shades, with sides and gutters, to provide shelter and protection from the elements for patients and the medical team.