On Sunday June 17, 2012 the Member for Western Victoria, David O’Brien MLC, officially handed brigade Captain David Hume the keys to the ultra-light tanker.
Queenscliff’s new Mitsubishi Canter Ultra-Light 1000 Tanker replaces the Brigades Twin Cab utility offering additional fire fighting capabilities and will continue to service and support the local community, neighbouring brigades, the coastguard brigade, the Bellarine Group and local and interstate fire campaigns.
The tanker offers an invaluable rapid response fire fighting appliance with 4 x 4 capabilities which greatly enhances the brigade’s operational readiness and service delivery.
The brigade was able to update the vehicle through a successful application for funding through the Community Safety Emergency Support Program (CESEP) along with their own contribution through fundraising and the generous support of the local community, community groups and businesses.
The official handover celebration was attended by Borough of Queenscliff Councillor Helene Butler, CFA District 7 Operations Manager Gerry Verdoorn, CFA District 7 COGG Catchment Acting Operations Officer Mark Sinkinson, President of Queenscliff/Point Lonsdale Lions Club Bill Reid and members from Victoria Police, SES, Queenscliff Coast Guard and Queenscliff Fire Brigade.
Following the brigade’s centenary celebrations last year, they now look forward to continuing to service the Borough and surrounding communities with the help of the replacement tanker.
*Article by Joanne Polley