Wednesday 5 October 2011 was Christmas ‘come early’ for Palmerston Fire Station when the keys to their new $800,000 truck were ceremoniously handed over from the Chief Minister to the new Chief Fire Officer, Steve Rothwell.
Featuring a 1300 litre water tank, 300 litre foam tank, road accident rescue equipment and a thermal image camera, Chief Fire Officer Steve Rothwell said this truck is the second state of the art appliance to be delivered to NT Fire and Rescue in the last 10 months.
“It’s Territory tailored design and features are all the result of a Firie committee who consulted other fire fighters and assessed vehicles used in other jurisdictions.
“The recommendations put forward from the Territory ensure it is completely fit for purpose and suited for the needs of a local emergency response vehicle.
“The Palmerston fire crew are currently familiarising themselves with all aspects of their new Scania dual pump rescue vehicle which is expected to hit the road as the first choice, primary response vehicle by next week.
“While the delivery of the new truck might be Christmas come early, it is hoped the Fire and Rescue Service won’t have to use the new road crash rescue tools too often over the Christmas and New Year period.
“Drive safely and share our roads responsibly.” Chief Fire Officer Rothwell concluded.
For all those interested in the mechanics and specific feature, the new Palmerston Fire Station Scania pumper (46) could be summarised as follows:
- Scania Truck P320HP 5 cylinder Euro 5 engine.
- 6 speed Aiilson Automatic Transmission.
- Cab Airconditioned front & rear.
- Pump Darley KSPAH model 3.800 litres capacity, with around the pump foam proportioner.
- 2 High pressure Hose Reels. Roof mounted monitor.
- 1,300 litre water tank & 300 litre foam tank
- Carries full compliment of Road Accicent Rescue equipment
- Rescuscitation and first aid equipment
- Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan.
- Thermal image Camera.
- Compliment of Firefighting hoses and automatic Firefighting nozzles.