First Of 70 New Firefighting Vehicles Rolls Off The Production Line

First Of 70 New Firefighting Vehicles Rolls Off The Production Line

Victoria Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

$32 Million Upgrade For Firefighting Vehicles

Victor P Taffa

An overhaul of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP) firefighting vehicles is creating jobs, improving crew safety and bolstering forest firefighting capability.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today inspected the first of more than 70 new firefighting vehicles, with the remaining trucks scheduled to roll off the production line in Melbourne’s west over the next four years.

“This is an important investment in world leading firefighting technology for the protection of rural and regional communities during bushfires.” Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.

“We’re providing a significant boost to the local economy and opportunities for our world-class workers from the car and manufacturing industries.”

The Andrews Government will invest $32 Million to upgrade firefighting vehicles across Victoria, which are based on a Mercedes Benz Unimog cab chassis and have been fitted out with equipment designed for Forest Fire Management Victoria’s firefighting and planned burning needs.

This project has created 34 jobs within Quik Corp, nearly half of the jobs going to redundant workers from the car and manufacturing industries.

The upgraded Unimogs will include:

  • Water carrying capacity of 4,000 litres,
  • Ability to tow an additional 8,000 litres of water in a trailer behind the vehicle,
  • Capacity to carry 4 fire fighters, double the previous tankers,
  • In-cabin firefighting capability and fire curtains,
  • A Falling Object Protection Structure over the cabin.

The design of the vehicles was chosen after a comprehensive field testing program of different types of vehicles and equipment.

The Unimog upgrade is in addition to the overhaul of the Ultra-light firefighting fleet, of which 270 will be delivered over the next three years.