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Scania fire-fighting unit bolsters emergency services in Far North QLD

New Truck Generation (NTG) Scania Crewcabs will play a vital role in helping Cairns and surrounding districts to be better protected in the event of fires and other catastrophes.

The new unit, along with a heavy vehicle road crash rescue trailer and an all-terrain vehicle, was commissioned at the Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station in May.

In line with Queensland Fire Services’ recent buying policy, its 360hp engine is Euro 6 compliant and drives through an automatic transmission. It also features a rear-mount two-stage PTO-driven pump.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, inspected the new equipment and said it would play a critical role in supporting the local community when disaster strikes.

“Smithfield Station received a new state-of-the-art $800,000 Scania appliance, as part of our Fire and Rescue Service fleet replacement strategy,” said Crawford.

“It was purposefully built to respond to bushfires, grass fires, technical response and road crash rescues.

"It has a rear mounted pump that can disperse 4,500 litres of water per minute.

“It will service an area that extends to Palm Cove in the north, and Machans Beach in the south, so people can rest assured the Fire and Rescue Service is ready to respond to any incident," he said.

Crawford said the region would also benefit from a $100,000 heavy vehicle road crash rescue trailer (HRT) that would be based at Mareeba Fire and Rescue Station. He added that the Technical Rescue Coordination Centre had received an all-terrain vehicle and trailer to reach remote and otherwise inaccessible areas.

In other news, special-build lightweight B-double skels pulled by immaculately presented Scania R620 NTG prime movers are making a difference for national recycling company, Recycal.

(Image L-R: Queensland Fire & Emergency Services fire-fighters Marcus Rose, Rhys Hole, Kevin Eustance, and Station Officer Ian Fulton.)

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