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Tankers added to firefighting arsenal

Fire and Emergency New Zealand in Tairawhiti has taken delivery of two new firefighting water tankers, one to be based in Gisborne and the other in Tolaga Bay.

The new appliances were manufactured by Mills Tui Ltd in Rotorua.

Each vehicle holds 5800 litres of water, along with associated discharge and portable pumps, and other firefighting gear.

“They are excellent machines, brand new and will serve the Coast and the Gisborne community for many years to come,” said principal rural fire officer and Tolaga Bay fire chief Ray Dever.

“Water availability for firefighting is a key requirement for our rural and other unreticulated communities like Wainui.

“The Tolaga Bay-based vehicle will be an extremely valuable asset for the East Coast,” Mr Dever said.

“It will also provide back-up for large fires up towards Tokomaru Bay and down in Gisborne.”

The Gisborne appliance will be based at the city fire station.

WELCOME ADDITION: Area fire commander Charlie Turei (left) and principal rural fire officer and Tolaga Bay fire chief Ray Dever with the new water tankers outside Gisborne Fire Station. Picture by Paul Rickard