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.

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