Yamba Fire and Rescue's new big red truck a head-turner
WHEN Yamba Fire and Rescue NSW captain David Woods told his wife he'd be driving around in a red Mercedes Benz from now on, a fire truck wasn't what she had in mind.
"She was very excited for about two minutes until I told her it was a new truck," he laughed.
The $310,000 vehicle, referred to as a 'Class 2' pumper, is now in operation after being delivered to Yamba Fire Station last week.
It is equipped with the latest equipment and technology, which will increase the capacity of Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters to deal with fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies.
The state-of-the art Mercedes Benz also has a larger cabin than previous trucks, providing greater comfort and safety for firefighters.
Mr Woods said the potential for increased firefighting capabilities made it a great addition to the town.
FRNSW Northern Rivers Zone Commander Superintendent Greg Lewis said FRNSW continued to provide its firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work in protecting NSW families.
"The FRNSW fleet is made up of more than 650 fire engines and rescue vehicles across NSW and our priority is to ensure that firefighters have the best vehicles available to enable them to the do their jobs effectively and safely," he said.
"The new truck will help firefighters better protect the Yamba community and will help improve the overall quality of our emergency response."
Superintendent Lewis said Yamba Fire and Rescue crews did a tremendous job protecting the community.
In 2013/14, Yamba firefighters responded to more than 120 fire and emergency calls and took part in more than 110 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.