Life-saving equipment has been fitted to almost 1000 firefighting vehicles as part of the crew cab protection program in Western Australia.
The extension of the crew cab protection results in 928 firefighting appliances fitted with lifesaving equipment.
The program has involved fitting various safety measures to the interior and exterior of existing firefighting appliances including heat shields, deluge systems, and in-cab air breathing systems.
The WA government invested $8.732 million to extend the program, which initially had 667 appliances fitted with the lifesaving measures.
The project is part of the government’s commitment to improving safety measures for WA’s career and volunteer firefighters.
“I would like to congratulate the staff at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ vehicle workshop for completing what has been a significant and highly important project,” said Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan.
“They have fitted nearly 1000 vehicles with protection measures that could save the lives of the firefighters who put themselves on the frontline to help their communities.
“I have spent time with the workshop staff down in O’Connor and they have spoken with great pride about what they have achieved during this program and the difference it could make.=
“The extension of this program is just one of the many steps the McGowan Labor Government has been taking to continue improving the safety and support for our career and volunteer firefighters.”