Tocumwal Fire Station has received a boost with the arrival of a new $325,000 fire truck.
The Mercedes Benz ‘Class 2’ pumper is now in operation.
It has the latest in equipment and technology and a larger cabin for improved firefighter safety and comfort.
The rear of the truck has also been remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.
Tocumwal Captain Ian Desailly said the truck is more computerised compared to previous trucks he’s driven.
‘‘The computers make it easier for the firefighters to get out hoses and equipment and this can save a lot of time.
‘‘The front cab is bigger so we can fit more people and overall it is a lot easier to drive,’’ Mr Desailly said.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter said Tocumwal station is one of only 10 FRNSW first responder units across the state.
“This means that crews are often called upon to be first on the scene of a major road accidents, and perform paramedic duties until an ambulance arrives,” he said.
“This is all on top of their regular fire and hazardous materials responses.
“The new truck will help firefighters better protect the Tocumwal community and improve the overall quality of our emergency response.’’
In 2015/2016, Tocumwal firefighters responded to more than 245 fire and emergency calls and took part in more than 115 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.