The brigades were part of a program that saw 485 brigades across the state receive new water tanks as part of the generous $2m Myer Foundation Grant.
Now they can ‘bank on their tank’ to provide much needed water for training, equipment maintenance and refilling appliances.
Earlier this month, Porepunkah Fire Brigade captain Geza Kovacs reported that the brigade’s new 9000lt tank is currently full.
“All that rain that we've had recently has filled the water tank,” Geza says.
Over at Hardies Hill Rural Fire Brigade, Captain Alan Harrison says they are enjoying the luxury of having a few thousand litres of water at hand.
“We have used the water to top up the tanker once or twice, which will be its main function for us, instead of drafting from the local river or driving 15 kilometres to the next town with reticulated water,” Alan says. “Maybe in the future we will use to wash our truck.”
Over at the Yeo & District Fire Brigade, Captain Daryl Cobbledick says his members have wasted no time in using their 3000lt tank to wash their tanker!
“Our tank full is at the moment and we are mainly just washing the truck and other equipment,” he says. “There have not been too many call outs, but it shouldn’t be long before it gets a bit more use.”