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More resources for Parks Service for fire season


In readiness for the upcoming fire season, the Parks and Wildlife Service will have two additional new specialist fire crews and five new fire vehicles at their disposal.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, today announced that the two new six-person fire crews based at Ulverstone and Scottsdale will double the fire crew personnel from 12 to 24, resulting in an improved state-wide fire response capacity.

 “While the previous fire crew based in Hobart was often deployed to other areas of the state to respond to bushfires, having three dedicated fire crews is a doubling of the current specialist fire crew staff.

 “This, in turn, has positive implications in response times,” he said.

 Mr Wightman said that the fire crew are in addition to about 140 PWS staff that are trained and ready to respond to bushfire, plus an additional 14 staff trained specifically for incident management roles.

“The addition of five new state of the art fire fighting vehicles has also increased the PWS’s fire suppression capability.

The five new fire vehicles, worth more than $90,000 each, take to 16 the number of specialist fire fighting vehicles for the PWS. 

 "The vehicles have been designed with ergonomics in mind and have significant new safety features. “The four-wheel drive Toyota Landcruisers’ extended chassis provides for an 800 litre water tank, a big improvement on the standard four wheel drive units which carry only 400 litres.

“Safety features include LED lighting to help extend battery power, roll-down radiant heat shields in the cab for crew protection during a burn-over, emergency lights, powerful work lights and a loudspeaker so that crews can hear radio traffic when outside of the vehicle,” he said.

Mr Wightman said two additional remote fire-fighting boxes, which contain enough firefighting equipment for eight personnel and are able to be transported by helicopter to remote locations, have been ordered for the coming season.

“On days of very high fire danger, the PWS fire crews will be pre-deployed strategically across the State to locations considered most at risk or where arsonists are thought to be active.

“This has proved to be a very effective strategy.“Crews are often on the ground in less than an hour to deal with ignitions,” he said.

More resources for Parks Service for fire season

Parks staff and Tasmania Fire Service staff at the hand-over of the new fire vehicles at Cambridge.

More resources for Parks Service for fire season

Frank Howe of TFS, with Adam Burt, John Duggan and Dean Townsend.

More resources for Parks Service for fire season

Fire Crew member Dean Townsend demonstrates the use of the radiant heat shield in one of the new fire trucks.

More resources for Parks Service for fire season

The new fire trucks can carry 800 litres of water.