The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires.
I was very pleased today to attend the Fire and Emergency Services State Conference where two new light tankers were officially handed over to the Tasmania Fire Service.
We are committed to the fire appliance replacement program which will see approximately 90 new appliances rolled out including Light Tankers, Medium Tankers, Aerial firefighting appliances and Heavy Pumpers, and today is another marker in this ongoing rollout to increase community safety.
These two vehicles will join the Port Sorell and Legana stations and are the first of 28 vehicles that will be rolled out this financial year, joining the 25 new vehicles that were rolled out in December.
All the new trucks are being designed and manufactured in Tasmania by the DPFEM Fleet & Engineering Services, which is supporting local jobs in line with our Buy Local Policy.
Anyone who serves the Tasmania Fire Service deserves the highest praise, and the Government’s fire truck replacement program is ensuring they have the tools needed to keep both themselves and the community safe.
I was also pleased today to hand over the keys to a purpose built rescue truck to the Flinders Island SES Unit.
The vehicle will enhance the work of the 11 local SES volunteers and assist them to provide more efficient services to the Flinders Island community.