In October 2010 some manufacturing faults were identified with the Bronto Skylift and it was sent off to be fixed.
Initially, Dandenong Fire Brigade had the use of a spare CFA ladder platform until last December when it was allocated to Geelong CFA.
As a stop-gap the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) lent CFA their 37-metre ladder platform, which has been used in major incidents including the massive TriTech oil plant fire in Dandenong South back in May.
CFA’s Acting Operations Officer Glenn Proebstl thanked MFB’s Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Darren Davies for the loan, which has meant Dandenong has been able to maintain its ladder platform coverage in the absence of its Bronto.
“Dandenong station is one of the busiest in
“MFB’s Bronto was one of the key appliances at the TriTech fire - one of the biggest factory fires we’ve had in decades.”
The Bronto Skylift can discharge 4,000 litres of water per minute via its 265mm hoses from heights of up to 42 metres. It can also provide rescue assistance up to 5 metres below ground, and at maximum reach it can project out to 21 metres.
The Bronto can carry four persons or 400 kilograms in the cage, or 180 kilograms on the rescue platform.
It can be used as an observation platform for firefighters and fire investigators, as well as to ferry firefighters up to conduct rescues and gain access at heights.
“Dandenong Fire Brigade is glad to have its Bronto Skylift back on station. We have carried out several test runs over the past few days and I’m extremely pleased with its performance and capabilities. I’m looking forward to its return to service this Thursday,” Mr Proebstl said.
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