Rural fire service buys Toyota forklift


The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has chosen a Toyota forklift for its new North Coast regional complex

Rural fire service buys Toyota forklift
Rural fire service buys Toyota forklift

November 13, 2012

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has chosen a Toyota forklift for its new
North Coast regional complex.

The $3.7 million NSW RFS North Rivers Zone Fire Control Centre Complex at Casino Airport recently acquired a 2.5-tonne payload Toyota 8FD25 forklift.

It is the first time the service has commissioned a forklift truck in the Northern Rivers zone.

The new Toyota forklift provides logists and aviation support at the Casino Airport facility, including the ability to load bottles of fire-fighting foam. It is also used for pallet racking and storage operations.

National Toyota forklift retailer Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has also supplied a BT SWE120S Walkie Stacker for general use at the NSW RFS Coffs Harbour Airport facility.

NSW RFS Northern Rivers zone Manager Michael Brett says the forklift’s ability to operate on grass as well as hard-stand area was a key reason for selecting theToyota 8FD25.

"The safety features of the Toyota forklift and the ready availability of service were also important to us," Brett says.

"Toyota has a branch and service vans based in Lismore, just 33km or half an hour away by road."

The NSW RFS had its beginnings more than 100 years ago in the south-western town of Berrigan, when residents banded together to form the first official fire brigade in the bush.

Today, the NSW RFS is the world's largest fire service, with more than 2100 rural fire brigades and a total membership of just over 70,000.

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