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Tassie welcomes new fire tankers

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016

Tasmania's fire service has started taking delivery of 25 new tanker trucks as part of a fleet upgrade.

The locally built vehicles are part of a $16.5 million commitment to bring online 95 new vehicles over the next four years, with more than half of them expected to be in service by the end of June.

"The new appliances are fitted with state-of-the-art crew safety systems for protection in the event of crew entrapment and burn-over, including a crew protection water deluge system, radiant heat shields, water level indicators, and the ability to carry up to 585 litres of water," Emergency Management Minister Rene Hidding said on Tuesday.

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