Greenpatch CFS brigade puts new truck to test

The Country Fire Service Greenpatch Brigade has received a new fire truck.

RESPONSE: Cameron Foster, Barry Hetherington, Scott Taylor, and Sam Stevens at the Duck Ponds fire in November with the new appliance.

RESPONSE: Cameron Foster, Barry Hetherington, Scott Taylor, and Sam Stevens at the Duck Ponds fire in November with the new appliance.

The call sign "Greenpatch 44" indicates a 4-wheel drive appliance with a capacity for 4,000 litres of water.

Captain Ken Pobke said the new truck, which they received in September, had the latest technology and safety equipment allowing them to provide fire protection and other emergency services to the community.

It's a magnificent piece of fire fighting equipment...

Greenpatch CFS captain Ken Pobke

"It's a magnificent piece of fire fighting equipment and our brigade members are excited about the role that it will allow us to play," he said.

"We thought our old truck was pretty good, but the new truck is a much more capable, and safe, fire truck."

Technology on the appliance includes a remote water monitor mounted on the front bumper of the truck and controlled from inside the cabin to assist extinguishing a fire, and a cab breathing apparatus for crew in a burn over situation.

The volunteers have been familiarising themselves with the new equipment in time for summer and the fire danger season, and deployed it during the Duck Ponds fire earlier this month.

Firefighter with the brigade Barry Hetherington said the new truck showed the high level of equipment available for CFS branches across the state, and said they matched if not bettered interstate appliances.