Warragul Fire Brigade handed new truck at open day [Multimedia]
 Baw Baw News   By // 17:53, Sunday 25 November 2012

A new truck, kids in plastic helmets and fire hose demonstrations? Could only be CFA Sunday!

Multimedia: Photos of open day and audio of interview with Warragul Fire Brigade Captain Paul Tandberg.


No dampened spirits: CFA Volunteers demonstrate how to use a fire hose. All photos: William PJ Kulich.

THE Warragul Fire Brigade was officially handed the keys to its new heavy pumper today at the brigade’s CFA Sunday open day.

Brigade Captain Paul Tandberg told The Warragul Citizen the $700,000 CFA-funded truck can carry more fire fighters and water, is computerised and makes fire fighting safer.

At the official handover (From left): Warragul Police Senior Sergeant John Brookes OAM, WFB Captain Paul Tandberg, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood, WFB Acting Operations Manager David Chugg, WFB West Gippsland officer John Alexander.


“It actually carries more water [and] has more technology to make it more user-friendly so we don’t have to have somebody constantly standing in the truck to make sure it’s working properly,” Mr Tandberg said.

Mr Tandberg said the new truck was “state-of-the-art technology making our lives safer to be able to save others.”

The new pumper will soon be joined by a new forward command vehicle and a new HAZMAT truck, replacing the brigade’s present 20-year-old truck.

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It’s official: Gary Blackwood hands the keys to the WFB’s new pumper to Paul Tandberg.

The keys to the truck were handed to Mr Tandberg by Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood on behalf of the State Government.

“It is truly a state-of-the-art pumper that even has the capacity to supply aerial appliances operating in the Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland,” Mr Blackwood said.

“Volunteer fire fighters give their all to serve the community and deserve to have the best equipment available.”


The ceremony was interrupted by a callout which required several brigade members to attend an incident in Drouin.

Volunteers presented fire plan information to open day visitors and treated children to truck tours and hose demonstrations.

Approximately 50 people attended the open day.

Interview with Paul Tandberg:


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Kids explore the inside of the HAZMAT truck.

Ever ready:Brigade members leave early after being called out to an incident in Drouin.

The back of the WFB’s new truck.

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