The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has lobbied long and hard for flawed policies insisting on arbitrary “standardisation” to be replaced with a common sense approach to procurement that allows for truly fit-for-purpose appliances and equipment. And that work is starting to pay off.

Although we are still a little way from seeing the first purpose-built vehicle like the Tatra we introduced to Brigades a few years back being purchased via ESL, we are very proud to share that as a direct result of our work, it won’t be too long before fit-for-purpose is more common than not.

In the meantime, we congratulate the persistent and dedicated members of the Hill River Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade who deserve every drop of kudos possible for the work they did to secure their new Tatra 9.6 in the post below. And we know breaking moulds is never easy, so full credit to the Shire of Dandaragan for thinking outside the box and backing their volunteers in accepting the awesome machine into its fleet.

Of course, this huge boost to local capacity, local control and local resilience would simply not have been possible without the generosity of the APA Group whose donation enabled this very positive step forward in Bush Fire Service technology in WA.

Well done and congratulations to all involved.

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