According to Project Officer Neville Britton, who is travelling with one of the tankers across the west of the state, the new design is being well received.
“Some great feedback is coming in already, and as a result we’ll be reorganising the stowage compartment to make sure some of the things people need in a hurry are right up the front.”
“There will be further work done with the controls – as it’s emerging that the siren is far too complicated for infrequent drivers.
“Members have really liked the ultra-high pressure pump and small diameter hose reels. It means they’ll be dragging around a much smaller hose than they have in the past when blacking out.
“These hoses as well as the remote controlled front mounted monitor are going to make things a lot easier for some of the more rural communities that aren’t able to fully crew the truck all the time.
“This feedback is invaluable and we want to hear from as many members as possible – both positive and negative responses are useful,” Neville said.
The new medium tanker has also been popular throughout the east of the state according to Toddy Smalls, who is travelling with the other truck.
“The tanker has received a great response over here as well. We’ve received similar feedback around the siren and stowage area as well as some real excitement around some of the features.”
“The new front monitor is really popular. It’s far more efficient than the current mechanical ones and the flow rates are much more variable. It’s much more responsive and easier to control, especially with the girls and even some guys that might not have as much strength in their hands.
“The brigades with single cab trucks have been pleased with the crew cab and everyone can see the benefits of having all their people in the cabin, in seatbelts and facing the front.
“Some other common feedback is around the location of the hydrant and the chainsaw. A lot of members would like them to swap sides so the hydrant is located near the hose and tank fill point and the chainsaw is sitting over where the fuels are located. We’ll take that on board,” Toddy said.
All members that have seen the truck are encouraged to leave their feedback either through the forms handed out at each visit or through the online survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/mediumtanker