- Napthine Government delivers a new $345,000 tanker for Toomuc CFA
- Tanker will provide Toomuc firefighters with the latest specialist equipment
- Napthine Government building a better and safer Victoria
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Member for Gembrook Brad Battin have handed over the keys to a new $345,000 medium tanker for the Toomuc Country Fire Authority (CFA).
“The Napthine Government is working hard to build a better and safer Victoria, and ensuring Toomuc and surrounding areas are better protected from the threat of fires and other emergencies than ever before,” Mr Battin said.
“This investment will provide Toomuc’s hardworking firefighters with the latest specialist equipment and resources to increase protection for the region and boost their own personal safety.
“The new tanker replaces a vehicle more than 28 years old and importantly now incorporates all the latest CFA safety features such as a spray deluge system and drop down fire protection curtains in the cabin.”
“This is a vital piece of equipment for the local brigade which has been serving the local community for almost 70 years.
“The new $345,000 appliance will significantly increase emergency response capabilities for the region, with the brigade responding to around 170 callouts each year.
Mr Wells said the Member for Gembrook had worked hard to deliver significant investments for the region’s emergency services which had bolstered community protection.
“CFA brigades are the heart of regional communities and I am delighted that Brad has delivered a new state-of-the-art vehicle which will ensure Toomuc is fire ready,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Battin said over the past four years the Coalition Government has also delivered new trucks in Cockatoo, Yellingbo, Hoddle’s Creek, Belgrave, Officer, Warburton and Upper Beaconsfield.
“In addition, there have been station upgrades at Berwick, Hillcrest, Pakenham, Pakenham Upper, and Yellingbo, as well as the announcement of a new station and Community Fire Refuge at Wesburn-Millgrove,” Mr Battin said.
Mr Wells said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud of the vital work performed by the CFA.
“Since 2010, $2.29 billion in funding has been provided to Victoria’s fire agencies, more than any previous government,” Mr Wells said.
“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than when Labor left office in 2010.
“In addition to millions of dollars in station upgrades, we have also invested more than $108 million to purchase 275 CFA trucks.
“Community safety is paramount, and the Coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services and ensure all Victorians and their families are better protected.
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