PHOTOS: A look inside Gladstone Firies' unique new equipment
EVERY man at some point in his life dreams about getting a big yellow Tonka truck for Christmas.
Well the team at Gladstone's Aviation Rescue Firefighting Service have had twice that luck - recently taking delivery of two new firefighting trucks.
The 30-tonne yellow aviation fire rescue trucks have replaced the older version which were decommissioned due to age, bringing their fleet in line with the national standard.
Fire Commander Brett Lee said the two new appliances were much more efficient.
"They're mainly for airport operations, one vehicle will carry rescue equipment in case there is a motor vehicle accident either on the airfield or surrounding," he said.
"They were also used for the Mount Larcom fires, we had the opportunity to go up there and help out.
"But really, they're designed for a very rapid response to aircraft matters and that's really what they're built for - our number one priority is to the flying public."
About fifteen school-aged children from Riverstone Rise Early Journey toured the new trucks yesterday as part of their holiday program.
They had the opportunity to tour the station before getting in the truck and testing out the fire hoses.
The appliances are quite different from the red Queensland Fire Emergency Service trucks seen responding to regular emergencies.
"They have a much larger water capacity and they're heavy vehicles as opposed to the medium-size ones," Brett said.
"They also have good acceleration because we have to be anywhere within three minutes - they drive well for their size.
"They're well maintained, everything's checked daily. they're maintained weekly, monthly and yearly.
"We're limited with our training here because we can't light fires, but they're definitely used every day."
Brett said the trucks were user friendly with a lot more operations carried out from inside the cab.