A new heavy pumper will respond to fires and other emergencies in Wangaratta and surrounding communities, providing a major boost to firefighting services in the state’s north-east.

State Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today officially handed over the state-of-the art truck to the Wangaratta Fire Brigade.

The new heavy pumper provides firefighters with the latest technology and equipment to meet service delivery requirements.

The vehicle and its crew support nearby CFA volunteer brigades for structure fires and major incidents, as well as motor vehicle accidents.

It is designed to meet OH&S standards, and has updated lockers and stowage which will allow the carrying of additional Road Crash Rescue support equipment.

“Wangaratta Fire Brigade provides an amazing service to the community throughout North East Victoria and this new heavy pumper is a significant addition to its firefighting arsenal,” Ms Symes said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is working closely with the CFA to ensure firefighters have the infrastructure, equipment and training they need to respond to emergencies and keep people safe.”

Today’s handover is part of a state-wide rollout of 12 heavy pumpers across regional and Melbourne brigades in the coming weeks.

Each pumper costs about $800,000, and are funded through the CFA’s Growth Program.

The Wangaratta brigade has a proud history dating back to its formation back in 1976.