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SA’s CFS set for major upgrade with 13 new advanced fire trucks

South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS) is set for a major upgrade with the introduction of 13 new fire trucks equipped with advanced tools and technology.

South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS) is set for a major upgrade with the introduction of 13 new fire trucks equipped with advanced tools and technology. These purpose-built vehicles are specially designed to improve the CFS’ response to emergencies, especially in growing urban areas.

Each of these trucks, known as 34P appliances, will come equipped with innovative firefighting equipment, including a portable ground monitor – a first in the state. This tool allows firefighters to tackle fires from a safer distance, making their operations safer during critical incidents.

“These trucks, fitted with new and improved technology, will ensure volunteers are better equipped to serve their communities,” Minister for Emergency Services Dan Cregan said.  

“Having the latest equipment on board this fleet as standard means volunteers are well prepared to tackle a vast array of emergencies across the state.”

Alongside the ground monitor, the new trucks are equipped with specialised tools customised for urban firefighting. Battery-operated hand tools like angle grinders and quick-cut saws will allow firefighters to enter buildings more efficiently. A battery-operated positive pressure fan will help clear smoke from residential areas, while mounted thermal imaging cameras are set to assist in identifying hotspots.

The new trucks feature a four-wheel-drive system and can carry about 3,000 litres of water. They also have improved emergency lights, sirens, cabin layouts, and ladder storage, to improve safety and efficiency.

These vehicles will be deployed immediately in Eden Hills, and will continue to other brigades like Coffin Bay, Nairne, and Cadell.

With an investment of about $5.8 million, these new assets will significantly improve the South Australian CFS’ ability to protect communities across the state.

Manufacturing the new trucks locally at Fraser Fire Australia in Woodville will support local jobs and demonstrates commitment to providing top-notch resources for volunteer firefighters.

“As an all-hazards fire and rescue agency, it’s important we are continually enhancing and aligning the equipment we provide our volunteers to ensure they have the appropriate tools to respond to unfolding incidents,” CFS Chief Officer Brett Loughlin said.

“These new urban trucks are the first in a new generation of vehicles and will be groundbreaking for the brigades receiving them, and of course the communities these brigades serve.”

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