Maclean gets a new $310,000 fire engine
By JURIS GRANEY
COL Barnard isn't in a rush to try out his new toy.
If it has to be used, it usually means there is a fire, accident or chemical spill.
The Maclean Fire Brigade captain and the 11 other members of the squad happily accepted the keys to their new $310,000 custom-designed fire engine on Tuesday.
Cpt Barnard said the new unit was welcome.
"It really is going to help with better response time and it has more capabilities allowing us to do a better job," he said.
"It is a vastly improved unit than what we had."
The NSW Fire Brigade Northern Rivers deputy zone commander, Chris Fabri, agreed.
"It is a fantastic piece of equipment," he said.
"But really, this is the community's fire engine and we are just the custodians of it."
Labor Clarence MLC, Greg Donnelly, who officially handed over the keys, said it was 'vital that the crew has the best equipment to deal with fires, rescues and spills'.
"The new fire engine is part of the largest roll-out of new and upgraded fire engines in NSWFB history," he said.
The new beast incorporates the latest in firefighting equipment including a high-pressure pump able to supply 3000 litres of water per minute.