New RAAF fire fighting capability

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

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Rachel Tharratt: (02) 6277 7820
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28 February 2020

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base East Sale today welcomed the arrival of a new Broadspectrum Panther-S firefighting vehicle and the increased capability it will bring.

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester welcomed the addition of the Panther-S and applauded the efforts of Broadspectrum employees during the recent bushfire emergency.

“The new Panther-S model is being introduced by as part of Broadspectrum’s investment and commitment to firefighting and airfield safety,” Mr Chester said.

“This investment is an example of the continued commitment of Broadspectrum to provide our ADF personnel with high-quality, state-of-the-art products and services.

“I also thank Broadspectrum and the support they provided during the bushfires, where they provided extensive services to Defence personnel and evacuees, as well as being involved in the firefighting.”

Today’s event included demonstrations of the new vehicle’s capability. Along with Mr Chester, representatives from Defence, Broadspectrum and the vehicle manufacturer, Rosenbauer Australia will attend the launch at the RAAF East Sale Fire Station.

Defence has had a partnership with Broadspectrum to deliver base services products at a large number of bases for more than 15 years.

RAAF Base East Sale provides a training environment for novice pilots, as well as important operational capabilities for Defence. The firefighting service is an important component of the ground support that enables the safe operation of aircraft.

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