Vehicle all set for firefighters
A FIREFIGHTING truck with all the bells and whistles was delivered to the Maryborough Fire Station last week.
The $750,000 vehicle - officially known as an Operations Support Unit - is the first of its kind for the Fraser Coast, and the second OSU in the North Coast Region.
The brand new vehicle is about the same size as a standard Queensland Fire and Rescue urban unit, although the new truck features top-of-the-line communications facilities.
Other features of the vehicle include a hazard management system, rotatable spotlights, a breathing apparatus refill system and an extendable motorised tailgate.
Maryborough station officer Kent Mayne said the unit has been created to act as a mobile fire and rescue communications office.
"We have the ability to move the truck to any area in the North Coast Region, so it can be used as a base," Mr Mayne said.
"The unit is fitted out with an interior computer system as well an exterior flat screen television, which can be linked with other networks.
"The communications system allows us to go online, liaise with other offices and even Skype with other government departments or the premier's office if need be."
The Operations Support Unit was unique in the fact that it could be placed anywhere in the region and sustain itself for weeks, Mr Mayne said.
"It holds its own built-in generator, which means as long as it has fuel it can run as a fully operational system," he said.
"Having that system means that we can place the unit at one site for extended periods of time, and rotate crews through over a series of days."
The new unit can be deployed anywhere in the North Coast Region including Gympie, Biggenden, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Childers.