BALLARAT manufacturer SEM Fire and Rescue has developed a new high-tech fire truck targeting the private industry market.
Aimed at mining companies and private enterprises, the state-of-the-art concept vehicle has already been sold to BHP for use at its Groote Eylandt base near the Northern Territory.
SEM general manager Colin Baldock said the company, which supplies various emergency service vehicles to the public services, could no longer rely solely on government contracts if it wanted to stay competitive and grow jobs.
Two years ago SEM lost key government contracts to a competitor and more than 100 Ballarat workers were left in limbo after a lock-out at the Trewin Street premises.
The 3000-litre concept truck was developed for BHP’s requirements with another two trucks then ordered for an LNG plant in Papua New Guinea.
The BHP prototype will now be toured across Australia and showcased to state fire services and private enterprises. Mr Baddock said SEM was recently awarded a new CFA contract for 24 fire trucks.
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