New HAZMAT Vehicle To Protect Ballarat’s West

16 May 2018

The Lucas Fire Station in Ballarat’s west will get new specialist equipment and additional career firefighters to help keep the community safe thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Regional Development and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today officially handed over a new heavy HAZMAT vehicle, and welcomed the new staff.

The HAZMAT vehicle gives the brigade extra resources, so firefighters have more equipment to ensure the community is well-protected during incidents such as gas leaks and chemical spills.

The truck has detection equipment to monitor a variety of chemicals, oxygen levels, explosive limits, carbon monoxide levels and radioactive materials.

The HAZMAT can also set up emergency and mass public decontamination sites for a range of incidents, including decontamination showers and inflatable tents equipped to clear people of any contaminants.

This service is not just for the Ballarat area, but for all of western Victoria, right up to the South Australian border.

The brigade has also been boosted by an additional 10 career firefighters to serve the growing community.

One of Victoria’s newest CFA brigades, Lucas was established in December 2017 and currently operates in temporary premises at Delacombe.

The permanent Lucas fire station is under construction and is expected to be completed in November 2018.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“The HAZMAT vehicle is a significant boost to the firefighting capacity of the Lucas Fire Brigade.”

“The firefighters based at Lucas Fire Station do a fantastic job protecting their community, and this new HAZMAT vehicle is an excellent addition to its capabilities.”

“I’m really proud of the great work the firefighters at Lucas have done in the short time since their brigade was formed.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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