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Great Southern volunteer firefighters better equipped for battling blazes with $1m fire truck boost

Great Southern volunteer firefighters will now be better equipped to battle bushfires after two new fire trucks were delivered to the region.

The Wellstead and Forest Hill Bush Fire Brigades each received a new primary fire truck with all-terrain capabilities to replace their 20-year-old appliances.

The new tankers are kitted out with improved safety features, off-road handling and more efficient firefighting capabilities.

They are part of the State Government’s $140m investment to deliver top-quality emergency services equipment to volunteers across WA.

Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Department of Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Craig Waters visited the Great Southern to hand over the keys.

The Wellstead Bush Fire Brigade received a new single-cab Isuzu 4.4 broadacre tanker which can carry an extra 1000L of water and has increased pumping capacity

Valued at more than $400,000, it will replace the brigade’s 21-year-old truck.

The Forrest Hill Bush Fire Brigade received a dual-cab Isuzu 4.4 broadacre tanker valued at more than $560,000.

“That appliance actually replaced a refurbished parks vehicle which in itself was over 20 years of age,” DFES acting Great Southern urban area officer Phillip Scott said.

“We worked with the brigade to find out what they want and need and we have done our best to provide that.

“It has the same water capacity but is a dual cab so they can actually transport six people versus two.”

Mr Scott said the new appliances were well chosen for the brigades.

“As our appliances hit around that 20-year mark we work diligently to identify them and work with those local brigades to find an appropriate appliance to fit their purpose,” he said.

“They have actually gained an extra 1000L of water with this new appliance.

“The capabilities and the modernising of that appliance will be a great help to them.

“The pumping capacity is also improved and increased.”

Major blazes in Denmark, Jerramungup and Bremer Bay in February this year were among more than 250 bushfires reported in the region during the 2021-22 bushfire season.

Mr Dawson said the equipment would help keep regional communities safe.

“The Great Southern is a beautiful yet bushfire-prone region and it’s important we continue to provide the very best equipment to those on the frontline, protecting lives, livelihoods and homes,” he said.

“These new 4.4 broadacres will serve the men and women of Wellstead and Forrest Hill Bush Fire Brigades for many years to come and will play a vital role in keeping their communities safe.”

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