Victoria Australia Pledges 29 Million for Fire Apparatus

Victoria’s Country Fire Authority will get $29 million to fund 78 new fire trucks for its aging fleet.

Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells says an extra $17.2 million will be provided in addition to funds already allocated for firefighting vehicles in Tuesday’s 2014/15 state budget.

The total investment of $29 million will be used to buy 74 medium-sized tankers and four prototypes – a medium pumper, updated heavy tanker, breathing apparatus truck and heavy sand tanker.

It adds to 124 medium tankers delivered in 2012/14 at a cost of $49 million.

It’s expected most of the new fleet will be built in Victoria.

Opposition emergency services spokesman Wade Noonan said the funding announcement fell short of what was needed, adding that there were 520 CFA trucks that were more than 20 years old which needed to be replaced or required significant safety upgrades.

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