New firefighting truck for Far North and Eyre fire stations

MFS: The CAPA in action.

MFS: The CAPA in action.

NEW EQUIPMENT has been made available to fire stations in the Upper Spencer Gulf region after $1.3 million was spent on a new firefighting truck.

The Combination Aerial Pumping Appliance, also known as CAPA, is stationed at Whyalla but can be sent to Port Augusta within an hour when needed. 

Far North and Eyre MFS Commander Noel Dodd said the new multipurpose vehicle will enhance the MFS’s ability to protect and serve the community. 

“We haven’t really got any other appliances within the region that are capable of working up at heights,” Commander Dodd said.

“The CAPA can go to normal house fires or structure fires, but also has the capability of working at heights so it really is a great multipurpose vehicle.”

It really is a great multipurpose vehicle.

MFS Commander Noel Dodd

MFS crews from around the region are getting the opportunity to become familiar with the equipment with the CAPA visiting the Port Augusta region last night. 

“The Port Augusta crew have the opportunity to see the CAPA at work and to partake in some drills,” Commander Dodd said.

“They have the opportunity to stand in the bucket, to go up and connect water to it and deliver water from it.”

Although the CAPA has only been in the region for a little over a month, the equipment has already been active with Whyalla MFS rescuing a seven-year-old boy from a 20 metre tower last week.