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Old fire truck to boost Lockyer Valley flood response

By Fidelis Rego, Friday July 26, 2013 - 13:50 EST

The finishing touches are being put on an old fire engine which will be used to help future flood recovery efforts in southern Queensland's Lockyer Valley.

The local council brought the truck earlier this year and has refitted it so that it can carry generators, fuel and other necessary supplies to towns isolated by floodwaters.

Mayor Steve Jones says authorities were unable to get into the Lockyer Valley when the region was hit by floods in 2011 and earlier this year.

"Highways are closed at both ends and sometimes helicopters simply are not available and for that reason we felt we needed to get some better equipment that we ourselves could get into areas more quickly and help people," he said.

He says it will be based in Gatton but will be used across the valley in times of emergency.

"Its actually an ex-fire brigade vehicle from Victoria but it's one the British Army used for many years and it's got very high clearance and quite suitable for getting into places cut off by low-level flooding," he said.

"It will give us good access because we've seen on numerous occasions before, many of the vehicles available in our area, including those that the fire brigade hold, are simply not suitable."


- ABC

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