Clematis CFA gets new tanker in time for summer
A new light tanker will boost Clematis Fire Brigade’s fire fighting capacity this bushfire season, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.
Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino presented the brigade’s captain with the keys to the new tanker at a ceremony today, marking the end of Fire Action Week.
The $190,000 vehicle is designed to fight wildfires and incorporates the latest safety features to support the brigade’s volunteers as they work to protect the community.
Clematis Fire Brigade has served Clematis and surrounding communities since 1936 and currently has 36 members.
The brigade attends around 80 incidents every year, providing support for larger incidents in other CFA districts across Victoria, as well as interstate.
Fire Action Week was brought forward this year to ensure all Victorians have time to prepare for what will potentially be a severe fire season.
Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino
“Clematis Fire Brigade has been protecting the local communities of Clematis and surrounding areas for almost 80 years and deserves the highest calibre of firefighting equipment.”
“This state-of-the-art tanker will be a terrific boost to the brigade, especially when responding to wildfires.”
“As we brace for a long hot fire season, Fire Action Week reminds all Victorians to turn their attention to fire preparation now.”