New Category 1 fire tanker for Kurnell RFS brigade

RFS Kurnell crew and Mark Speakman with the new Category 1 tanker. Picture: supplied

RFS Kurnell crew and Mark Speakman with the new Category 1 tanker. Picture: supplied

NSW Rural Fire Service’s Kurnell brigade has taken delivery of a new, $330,000, Category 1 dual-cab fire tanker.

The tanker can carry up to 4000 litres of water, providing it with a substantially longer firefighting capability than smaller vehicles.

Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman, who attended a training session, said RFS Kurnell now has two Category 1 engines.

Category 1 engines are deployed mainly in locations where built-up residential areas adjoin bushland.

Mark Speakman tries his hand on a hose. Picture: supplied

Mark Speakman tries his hand on a hose. Picture: supplied

Mr Speakman said the brigade had also received a state government grant of $4280, which had been used “to purchase equipment and resources to better engage with, and educate, the local community about fire safety”.

“The NSW Government has allocated $30 million for new RFS firefighting equipment state wide in the 2017-2018 budget,” he said.

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