The Bundaberg Region will be home to a RFBAQ LandCruiser Light Attack Prototype for the next three weeks as the new fire fighting vehicle tours the North Coast Region.
Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Inc is using fundraised and donated money to increase the capability on the fire ground with the fit-for-task, light attack, volunteer-designed vehicles that are built on Landcruiser chassis.
There are currently six new RFBAQ LandCruiser Light Attack Prototypes built and they have been fully funded by the Sunshine Coast Broadcasting Trust, and now fundraising for a seventh vehicle is current underway.
Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Bundaberg Area Representative Dave Morton said the new light attack vehicles would be beneficial to local brigades that did not currently have a truck, and he said they were specifically designed for use in remote locations.
Dave said one of these brigades, or any of the region’s primary producer brigades, would benefit from the light attack prototype as they current only had slip-on units.
He said the safety of fire fighters was the number one priority when it came to designing and building the protype, and it had many new features the older light attack vehicles didn’t have.
“The resource itself could be used virtually anywhere, and that’s the nice thing with it being smaller- it can get in to those places that are a little bit less accessible by the huge trucks,” Dave said.
Following the state-wide tour one of the current RFBAQ LandCruiser Light Attack Prototype vehicles would find a new home in the North Coast Region and Dave said he hoped to see it go to either Kalong Rural Fire Brigade, Bucca Rural Fire Brigade or Borilla Rural Fire Brigade; as these brigades did not currently have a fire fighting appliance.
The RFBAQ LandCruiser Light Attack Prototype will visit a number of local brigades during the next three weeks. To find out more information or to help raise funds for the seventh vehicles click here.
Tabulated data for the Light Attack Prototype
- Vehicle Type: Toyota Landcruiser
- Engine: V8 Diesel
- Length: 5568mm
- Width: 1700mm
- Height: 2171mm
- Crew: 2
- Water: 550L
- Pump: Honda
- Additional firefighting capability: Foam proportioning system
- Storage for: First aid equipment, chainsaw, hydrant, hoses/branches, fridge, ancillary crew equipment
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