In Australian fire terminology, a Tanker is a fire truck that carries its own supply of water and can deliver the water onto a fire while mobile. They can pump from open water or street mains directly onto a fire and can be used to relay water to other firefighting units. Water capacity can vary from 400 litres (Ultra Light) through to 4000 litres (Heavy). Tankers are primarily designed for fighting grass and bushfires but are often fitted with extra lockers and equipment for structural fires and other incidents, which was the case at Maiden Gully until a pumper was allocated in 2011.
Maiden Gully Tanker 1 - Medium Tanker
For our first two years, we were allocated a succession of International tankers that were at the end of their operational life. A significant boost came in 1999 with a second-hand Isuzu 2.2D Tanker that served as our primary turnout appliance until replaced with a new Hino 2.4C Tanker in 2013 This was again updated in 2016. CFA's 2.4C Medium Tankers have increased the Brigade’s capability and incorporate features such as four-wheel drive, crew-cab, front mounted electric monitor and modern stowage and equipment.
|Vehicle Type||CFA Medium (2.4C) Tanker|
|Built||2015 by SEM, Ballarat|
|Cab Chassis||Hino 1322 GT 500 (4x4)|
|Power Plant||7.684 litre Hino J08E-VE six cylinder diesel|
|Transmission||5 speed Allison 2500 automatic|
|Communications||Tait TM 9155 Mobile & two Tait TP9100 Portables|
|Water Capacity||2350 litres with A class foam capability|
|Pump||GAAM Mk 300D two stage centrifugal pump, powered by a Hatz diesel engine with an output of 900 litres per minute at 700 kPa|
|Pressure Pump||Comet TW 7036 piston pump (Ultra-High Pressure) powered by a Isuzu diesel engine|
Maiden Gully Tanker 2 - Light Tanker
Standard tankers have difficulty accessing the dry sclerophyll forest that makes up more than 60% of the Brigade’s area. A small tanker can get in quickly, locate the fire and contain it. Our Toyota Land Cruiser Slip-On Unit met this need from 2003 and following a successful application through the 2011 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), it was replaced with a Light Tanker. This design represents a major upgrade in firefighting capacity from the Slip-On Unit with better stowage, greater crew safety, more water and a modern delivery system but retaining the ability to access local bush areas.
|Vehicle Type||CFA 1.2.4D Light Tanker|
|Built||2012 by SEM, Ballarat|
|Cab Chassis||Isuzu NPS300 NH series four-wheel drive|
|Power Plant||5.2 litre turbo charged diesel|
|Transmission||5 speed manual gearbox|
|Communications||Tait TM 9155 Mobile & Tait TP9100 portable|
|Water Capacity||1200 litres with A class foam capability|
|Pump||GAAM Mk 150 Single stage centrifugal pump, powered by Lombardini diesel. Rated at 450 litres per minute at 700 kPa|
|Pump Capacity||950 litres per minute at 1100 kPa|