New fire truck enhances community protection

Walkaway Brigade Captain Brendan McCann, Mayor Shane Van Styn, the City’s Emergency Operations Officer Murray Smith, DFES Superintendent Craig Smith and City CEO Ross McKim.

Walkaway Brigade Captain Brendan McCann, Mayor Shane Van Styn, the City’s Emergency Operations Officer Murray Smith, DFES Superintendent Craig Smith and City CEO Ross McKim.

Volunteers of the Walkaway Bush Fire Brigade have welcomed a brand new 3.4U fire truck which will assist in protecting the local community.

The $600,000 truck built by Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment in Malaga was supplied to the City of Greater Geraldton by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) under the Emergency Services Levy – Local Government Scheme. 

It may have been a long time coming, but the brand new 3000 litre, 4WD vehicle will now be utilised by 54 volunteers for fire management of Walkaway and the surrounding areas.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the new appliance was much needed and was a crucial element of community safety.

“We know there is no one that deserves more kudos for their new vehicle than the incredible volunteers of the Walkaway Bush Fire Brigade themselves,” he said.

“They have worked professionally and persistently to absolutely demonstrate their capacity to make very good use of new resources to protect their community.

“A big thank you goes out to the volunteers for what they do for our community, it doesn’t go unnoticed.”