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Truganina Pumper was delivered to the Brigade in the first quarter of 2018, and after a lengthy period of training on all the new equipment and systems it carries, was brought into service by the Brigade in June 2018.  This brand new vehicle is an acknowledgment of the changing character of Truganina and Tarneit.  With the rapid urbanisation of the area and the huge increase in industrial and residential development we needed a new truck that is suited to the sorts of incidents that happen in these environments.  Our Pumper is what CFA calls a Type 3 Medium Pumper, and is based on a Scania P310 Cab Chassis.  This large cabin accomodates a crew of 5, with room in the rear to accomodate two BA seats.  These seats each hold a breating apparatus (BA) set and allow us to put this gear on whilst travelling to the call, saving valuable time when we arrive on scene.  This capability alone is a significant enhancement to the way we can respond to urban structure fires.

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The Pumper also carries a lot of equipment in those big side side lockers which is targetted at operating in an urban environment.  These are mainly tools for use at house and other structure fires like ventilation fans for clearing smoke, demolition saws for gaining access, and monitors that can be set up to deliver permanent waters streams onto a blaze.  There are also a number of tools included for use at car accidents and other common incidents. 

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Pumpers also (as you would expect from the name) have very powerful pumps that are designed to deliver high volumes of water at high pressure from multiple hoses at once.  This means that the vehicle has a more complicated and comprehensive rear panel for controlling the flow rate and pressure of water delivery and the making of foam when needed.  There is also the ability to control other on board systems (like lighting) through the menu driven multi function control panel.

 

 

 

Truganina Tanker in its Bay at the StationTruganina's Tanker is the grand old lady of the station.  At around 25 years old, it has seen a long and interesting life, including the Anakie fire of 2006 and the Black Saturday Fires of 2009.

Truganina Tanker is an Isuzu 3.2D series two wheel drive, diesel engined tanker and is the preferred appliance for going off road into the stony paddocks so common in Truganina, Tarneit and further afield. 

It carries 3000 litres of water and has a powerful two stage pump powered by a separate small diesel engine.  The crew of up to three work from the back deck, where hoses are set up to allow mobile attack on a fire from either side of the vehicle. Firefighters on the back deck journey to and from the incident seated in what is known as the ROP which stands for "Roll Over Protection".  New firefighters often find the sensation of riding to their first incidents seated in the ROP an unusual experience - looking backwards over the tank at the traffic behind is something that takes a little getting used to.

In the cab the driver and crew leader navigate, plan and co-ordinate the work, and maintain contact with other units and the incident controller via radio.  

Truganina Tanker returned from a re-fit in the middle of 2013 with Crew Protection Systems fitted and a new "live" reel that will allow us to continue using this vehicle for another few years.

 

The Truganina FCV is a Nissan Navara utility fitted out with multiple radios and assorted other equipment.  In the "Forward Control Vehicle" role from which it takes its name, it acts as the mobile "office" for a Strike Team Leader, who co-ordinates the activities of a group of five (usually) Tankers, when working on large grass or forest fires. The FCV can move more quickly than the tankers, and so will scout the incident and provide reconnaisance and intelligence to the Strike Team as a whole, improving it's effectiveness and co-ordination.

Most of the time the FCV also acts as a station car for ferrying people and equipment, and is also the resource normally used to deliver our Staging Trailer to an incident. This is the reason why Truganina employs a tray top ute as it's FCV, rather than a traditional four wheel drive.  For us cargo space is essential - even with the Incident Support Trailer fully loaded, there is invariably more equipment needed at the fireground (marquees for example) and this vehicle gives us that capacity.  The photo below shows the FCV and the Incident Support Trailer and marquee in a standard setup.

Truganina's Forward Control Vehicle and Incident Support Trailer

Truganina is a specialist brigade in providing staging services at large incidents.  This means we have a number of members specially trained to run the staging areas where vehicles and firefighters are marshalled, serviced, refueled/replenished and rested.  Perhaps the best known of these was the staging area that featured prominently as the back drop in television coverage of the Black Saturday bush fires - the Whittlesea staging area at the town's oval.  This staging area was run in the main by members from Truganina.  To assist us in setting up staging we have a trailer that has been fitted out with all the equipment necessary to start up a staging area including:

 

  • Signs
  • Traffic management equipment
  • Radios, telephone and internet connectivity including a portable antenna mast
  • Equipment for generating and printing maps and diagrams
  • Portable Weather station

 

and much, much more.  The staging trailer can be quickly deployed as a first up response to get a staging area established while larger and more complex resources are mobilised.