Fired up over new tanker

Firefighters at the Lismore Fire Station lined up for this class photo recently to celebrate the arrival of their new fire engine worth $306,000.

Known as a tanker, the 4WD vehicle is fitted with the latest in firefighting technology and features extra protection for firefighters including thermal shielding on critical brake, fuel and electrical lines so they can continue operating even if the vehicle is engulfed by a fast moving grass fire.

It gives us a lot more flexibility and means we can respond to more calls, said captain Brett Lowden.

The Lismore Fire Station responded to 531 incidents last year, and many of them were house fires that started in the kitchen.

We would like to give members of the community a gentle reminder that oil and water do not mix, so dont pour water on burning oil, said Captain Lowden.

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