AN IMPRESSIVE BEST: The Alpine first attack vehicle could get around the Mount Buller snowfields with ease over winter without damaging the snow surface. Picture: ANDREW RAILTONA fire vehicle that slashed emergency response times in the Mount Buller snow this winter has been hailed as “almost invincible”.
TheAlpine first attack vehicle looks like an impressive monster, sitting high off the ground on its giant tracks, but puts less force onto the ground than a person.
The vehicleis actually a modified ToyotaLandcruiser worth $155,000 whichanyone with a normal car licence can drive and does not void the original warranty.
CFA’s District 23 operations officer Paul Horton said an emergency call-out that previously took 30 minutes to get to in the snow, can now take just five minutes.
“It’s putting time back into the firefight,” he said.
The potential downside of not having a fire truck is that it cannot carry as much water, so the CFA found a new pump and hoseset from Denmark that can do the same job with much less water.
“I reckon these will make our fire trucks almost invincible,” Mr Horton said.
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