The Bridgewater CFS has shared a special moment online of the team welcoming a new appliance with a live bagpipe performance at the station this month.
The 14 Light Tanker was ‘piped and pushed’ on July 17, with resident piper, Lieutenant 3 Ailwyn Clarke playing his instrument while the team pushed the new truck into the garage.
While compact, the new truck with automatic transmission has significant capacity for water, holding 1,500 litres.
It also has the latest burn-over crew safety features with radiant heat shields and high tech in-cabin breathing systems as well as a battery powered chainsaw, charged on the vehicle.
Upper Sturt, Echunga, Ashbourne and Waitpinga are among 21 South Australian stations to receive a new 14 appliance in the past three years.
There is set be a delivery of a new 14 Appliance at the Gum Flat CFS near Coonlapyn in August, with more to be rolled out afterwards.
Bridgewater’s old truck will be refurbished and sent to South Australia’s Mid-North.
CFS has regular capital funding for trucks and other equiptment, allocated under the State Government budget.