New vehicle for Island brigade
CURTIS Island Rural Fire Brigade will now be able to respond quickly to calls thanks to a brand new command vehicle donated by Arrow Energy.
Arrow CEO Andrew Faulkner said the $35,000 Nissan Navara travels faster than the brigade's current and heavier main appliance.
"The brigade came to us with a proposal to enhance their fire-fighting capabilities and we were pleased to help," Mr Faulkner said.
"Aside from the obvious safety benefits for the island's residents and visitors, having a second vehicle affords an extra measure of safety for the fire fighters themselves.
Alan Smith, the brigade's First Officer and Fire Warden, said the vehicle would be outfitted with a slip-on fire fighting unit and would tow another fire fighting unit in a trailer.
"It's a lighter vehicle and can get into more places than our four-tonne appliance," Mr Smith said.
"In the past, we've had to use our own, private vehicles, so it's a very welcome addition."