This extensive consultation process has provided huge benefit to CFA and ultimately the members, according to Operations Manager Gary Weir.
“I’d like to thank everyone that took time to provide full and frank input, which has resulted in a total of 144 improvements to the design.”
“As well visiting fire stations we received feedback from the CFA district mechanical officers, VFBV and an ergonomic specialist. We also received over 600 responses through an online survey – an excellent result.
“These trucks will deliver enhanced safety and greater pumping capacity to CFA members and help them in their work of protecting lives and property,” Gary said.
Some of the key feedback and updates are:
Feedback: Members found the lights and siren control unit too complicated.
Resulting update to design: More traditional, larger switches have been fitted, which are used in existing 3.4C and 2.4C tankers.
Feedback: The deck outlets caused the attached hose to block access around the deck.
Resulting update to design: The positioning of the outlets has been redesigned with all three mounted off the tank.
Feedback: The slide out tray that holds the ladder/rakehoe/shovel was too close to the ground,and it was at risk of damage over rough ground.
Resulting update to design: The slide out tray has been raised.
Feedback: Members requested that a live hose reel be incorporated into the design.
Resulting update to design: One of the 60 metre by half inch high pressure hose reels has now been replaced with a 20 metre x 1 inch hose reel, allowing the tanker to be used for a broader range of incidents (including washaways) without the need to maintain, dry and test ‘lay flat’ hose.
Feedback: The steps to access the cabin were too high from the ground, making it difficult for shorter people to access the truck.
Resulting update to design: CFA engineers are looking at ways to lower the front steps.
Feedback: A number of issues were identified with the hydrant being located on the road side of the vehicle.
Resulting update to design: The hydrant has been relocated to the kerb side, on the door of the fixed suction hose locker.
Feedback: There weren’t any red/blue LED lights on the rear sides of the truck, which made it difficult to identify it as an emergency vehicle.
Resulting update to design: Red/blue LED lights have been added to both sides.
Feedback: The arrangement of the ‘small gear’ made it difficult to access the most regularly used items (i.e. branches and adapters).
Resulting update to design: The stowage compartment has been reorganised so this equipment is up front.
Feedback: Members found some of the new features to be quite complicated compared with older tankers.
Resulting update to design: An operating DVD will be distributed to each brigade and include information about the operation of the drivers’ seat, ultra-high pressure pump and reel, the remote controlled front monitor and the emission control technology.
Feedback: Having the blanket locker double as a seat made it difficult for three people to stand under the awning when deployed.
Resulting update to design: This seat has now been removed to ensure sufficient space.
Feedback: The high pressure pump was too noisy.
Resulting update to design: The noise has been reduced in a number of ways including additional acoustic lining and a new exhaust muffler
Feedback: The high pressure hose reels require improved protection from low hanging branches.
Resulting update to design: Greater protection has been given to the high pressure hose reel (as well as the new live reel) which are both located on top of the rear of the tanker.