- Extension of crew cab protection program results in 928 firefighting appliances fitted with lifesaving equipment
- Increased safety measures a result of $8.732 million investment in an extra 261 appliances on top of previous program fit-out
Firefighters throughout Western Australia now have an extra layer of lifesaving equipment following recent completion of the extension of the crew-cab protection program.
The program has involved fitting various safety measures to the interior and exterior of existing firefighting appliances including heat shields, deluge systems and in-cab air breathing systems.
The protection measures are designed to help protect vehicle occupants in the event of a burnover.
Under the original program, 667 appliances had been fitted with the lifesaving measures.
The McGowan Labor Government invested $8.732 million to extend the program to cover another 261 firefighting appliances from around the State and across the various career and volunteer fire services.
The project, which finished on schedule, is another demonstration of the McGowan Labor Government’s commitment to improving safety measures for WA’s career and volunteer firefighters.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“I would like to congratulate the staff at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ vehicle workshop for completing what has been a significant and highly important project.
“They have fitted nearly 1000 vehicles with protection measures that could save the lives of the firefighters who put themselves on the frontline to help their communities.
“I have spent time with the workshop staff down in O’Connor and they have spoken with great pride about what they have achieved during this program and the difference it could make.
“The extension of this program is just one of the many steps the McGowan Labor Government has been taking to continue improving the safety and support for our career and volunteer firefighters.”