Revesby reaches new firefighting heights
Communities in South Western Sydney will be better protected following the delivery of a new $2.5 million aerial firefighting truck to Revesby Fire Station.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the Compressed Aerial Pumper (CAP) features an air foam system, a 2,000 litre water tank, a 24.5 metre extendable ladder with an outreach of 11 metres, and has the capability to haul 330 kilogram loads.
'While the skyline across South Western Sydney continues to grow with new residential and business developments, it’s important firefighters are equipped with state-of-the-art appliances to support and protect people and property in a range of emergency situations,' Ms Cooke said.
'The delivery of this aerial pumper delivers on the NSW Government’s $37 million commitment to increase and upgrade the FRNSW aerial fleet.'
Member for East Hills Wendy Lindsay today handed over the truck’s keys to firefighters at Revesby Fire Station.
'Whether it’s large-scale fires in shopping centres, industrial complexes and multi-storey residential buildings or other operations like rescues and evacuations, this pumper will give our Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) personnel the equipment they need to better protect the community,' Ms Lindsay said.
'This is the first of 11 aerials pumpers being rolled out across the State and I’m so proud it’s based at Revesby.'
Each CAP is also fitted with thermal imaging cameras to detect heat signals which can be transmitted in 'real-time' to the FRNSW Command Centre.
FRNSW Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Darryl Dunbar, said the new asset provides firefighters with the best tools to do their work and protect the irreplaceable.
'We are always on the lookout for new equipment and technologies to help our crews adapt to the changing needs of the communities they serve,' Chief Superintendent Dunbar said.
'The addition of the CAPs to the FRNSW fleet allows firefighters to quickly reach the seats of multi-storey blazes and extinguish them more efficiently and effectively.'