Leopold CFA gets new tanker

May 29, 2024 6:24 am in by Andrew Johnston
Members of the Leopold CFA with the tanker. Image: CFA

Leopold’s CFA have their hands on some new high powered equipment.

The brigade was this week showing off it’s new Medium Heavy Tanker.

Funded by both the state and the brigade, its cost around 400-grand to help the brigade in upcoming fire seasons.

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Leopold Fire Brigade Captain Chris Wilkinson said it was a huge benefit for the brigade.

“We’re finding operationally it is more efficient and there is a really good feel about the truck
amongst the brigade,” he said.

“This tanker is a four-wheel drive, whereas the other one was a two, so we’ve gained a drive
system that has the capacity to get us further when we get called out.

“It also helps that the design is similar to our other tanker, so the transition has been smooth,
and we can now run with two crew cabin variants.”

The brigade contributed close to $60,000 towards the project, with the tanker able to hold more than 2350 litres.

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“The medium tanker features a suppression system to allow for in-vehicle firefighting and can
comfortably hold a crew of five safely on-board,” he said.

“The added features available on this tanker has seen our members develop the enthusiasm to
apply for a further grant to get breathing apparatus on the truck.

“The increased urban capability on offer is really exciting and something our volunteers are
hoping to improve on moving forward.”