A new high capacity truck will assist the ACT SES in responding to emergencies and boost the ability to reduce floodwaters quickly.
It can pump 6000 litres of water a minute and will assist dramatically with large urban flooding, especially within underground car parks and basements.
ACT Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman says the pump is extremely versatile.
“We have provided $98,000 funding for the new truck to give ACTSES greater capability when responding to emergencies including flooding, storms and fires”, he said.
Minister Gentleman and SES Chief Officer Draheim officially handed the vehicle over to the ACTSES Rivers Unit today.
Newly appointed Chief Officer ACTSES Anthony Draheim said the high capacity pump previously had to be deployed using two vehicles due to the weight of the trailer and equipment.
“Having the ability to send one vehicle instead will increase emergency services capability and response time,” said Chief Officer Draheim.
“The vehicle will go to great use in the ACT. When not responding to major flood incidents, it can be used for storm reconnaissance, logistics deliveries, field welfare and bush and grass fire response.
“During the fire season, the pump can be used to refill RFS tankers with water. This will be instrumental in keeping our fire trucks on the fire line”.