Fire and Rescue NSW Lithgow receive new technology

Lithgow fire station officer, Noel Ford with the new hazardous materials vehicle. Photo: HOSEA LUY

Lithgow fire station officer, Noel Ford with the new hazardous materials vehicle. Photo: HOSEA LUY

Lithgow’s firefighters now have the latest weapon to tackle hazardous material incidents.

Fire and Rescue Lithgow Station Officer, Noel Ford accepted delivery of the modern hazardous materials van on Tuesday.

Fully equipped, the van is worth around $120,000.

You will see the vehicle respond to a variety incidents including diesel spills in waterways, house fires and areas containing asbestos.

The van will cover the area from Wentworth Falls in the east and Meadow Flat and Portland in the west.

Mr Ford said the hazardous materials unit plays a crucial role in getting fire and rescue staff the information they need.

“The laptop computer is very important so we can get onto the chemical database, get the extra information that they need to deal with the substance, to be able to contain it, to neutralise it and safely seal it away,” Mr Ford said.

The van will also be used to help the fire fighters themselves to get back on their feet.

“This is also a rehabilitation van, we carry rehab gear here where we can assist with the firefighters. Especially in this hot weather to deal with refreshing them and cooling them down.”

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