Donation makes second tanker one step closer

Dow AgroSciences has donated $3,000 to the Jung Fire Brigade, whose volunteer’s battle up to 30 blazes in country Victoria each summer.

The donation will help firefighters in one of the world’s most fire-prone regions purchase a much-needed second water tanker. Jung Fire Brigade is stationed in the tiny Victorian town of Jung, with a population of just 80 people.

The brigade has 60 members including about 20 who are currently active. Its firefighters are part of a strike team that can respond to fires hundreds of kilometres away from their own homes, but each time they’re called to another location, it leaves the Jung region vulnerable as they currently have only one 2000 litre 4WD crew cab tanker to service the district.

Dow AgroSciences Marketing Communications Specialist, Karen Deane, says the donation will help the brigade continue their essential work.

“The Jung Fire Brigade volunteers do a remarkable job for their community,” she says. “We recognise the importance of the fire brigade to local communities, so we’re proud to be helping this group of passionate volunteers raise the funds they need for a second tanker.”

Jung Fire Brigade captain Chris Pallot says a new fast response ultralight tanker will make it easier to rapidly respond to fires. 

“The ultralight tanker is designed for rapid response with a crew of two and doesn’t require a truck licence to operate, so we could get to incidents much faster than using other appliances,” he says.

The brigade will apply for funding under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) funded by the Victorian Government, but they need to contribute $18,000 towards the $120,000 total cost of the tanker.

“The Dow AgroSciences means our brigade can apply for this round of VESEP funding applications and won’t have to wait another year,” Chris says. “If the VESEP application is successful, the Jung Fire Brigade could add a new tanker to its firefighting arsenal by October next year. ” The brigade has been actively fundraising since February last year. “We’d like to thank Dow AgroSciences and all of those who have supported us,” Chris says.