With nine emergency service agencies represented and approximately 60 appliances on display, there was something for everyone to explore and in many cases, dream of owning.
From ‘multiple rescue and medical aid units’, lighting and salvage units, to a vast array of communications and command vehicles to suit a multitude of on ground incident command situations, the display had it all.
Many a desiring eye was also cast over CFA’s Water Rescue Agency - the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard - and their very fit for purpose rescue vessel, which would also be a great way to spend a weekend out on the bay.
Practical displays of appliances and equipment filled the day and the arrival of Firebird 302 was a particular highlight for those in attendance.
The MFESB’s new Breathing Apparatus (BA) Van was also a shining example of what can be achieved with clear thinking and strong sense of purpose and would be a standout in any fire agency throughout the world.
The event certainly achieved its main aim of providing a unique opportunity for emergency services personnel and their families to familiarise themselves with the myriad of resources available for response to incidents, and hundreds of personnel took advantage of the fine weather that bathed the display site after an early rain scare caused some concern.
The co-operation between all agencies on the day was outstanding and the attendance of Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley, CFA Deputy Chief Officer Gregg Patterson and MFESB Deputy Chief Officer’s David Youssef and Lou Mele certainly showed there is strong interest in and support for this type of initiative.
Based on the outstanding success of this year’s display, planning is already underway for the next Knox Multi-Agency Specialist Appliance Display scheduled for April 2014.
Photos by Keith Pakenham and Blair Dellemijn, CFA Strategic Communications