Samford Rural Fire Brigade - Vehicle Overview
Thursday, 24 Nov 2022
Samford is 21 klm from the centre of Brisbane but is a world apart.
Samford Rural Fire Brigade is set in the middle of a thriving rural community and has always focused on meeting local community defence needs.
The brigade has 4 vehicles and all of those vehicles are brigade designed and brigade funded to meet those local needs.
The philosophy of the brigade is that by designing and building their own trucks they get what they need and the ever pressed Rural Fire Service budget will be less stretched to supply equipment to those brigades who are not as financially fortunate.
The brigade collects a Rural Fire Levy through local government and the $25 per property has not increased since the levy was introduced 30 years ago.
The brigade has a heavy attack, a medium attack and light attack and command vehicle. All design is brigade driven that meets and exceeds RFSQ standards and all coach building and services are from local suppliers.
Samford 61 (Heavy Attack) is a 2010 MAN TGM 15.290
- 4,000 litres
- 6 seats
- GAAM 300 pump matched with Hatz 3 cylinder diesel.
With a full crew of 6 and with a full load the vehicle sits at 13.8t of its 15t capacity.
This vehicle replaced the former Samford 61 which was a 1994 FTS 750 that had 3,600 litres with the tank sunk through the chassis which gave a lower centre of gravity and until 2009 carried breathing apparatus.
Samford was one of the last Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland to have their breathing apparatus removed by the Qld Fire & Rescue Service.
Samford 51 (Medium Attack) is a 2001 Isuzu 550
- 2,000 litres
- 7 seats
The 61 and 51 have the same locker stowage arrangements.
As 51 is now 20 years old the brigade is commencing their design process for replacement.
Samford 41 is a Toyota Landcruiser GXL single cab
- 2 seats
- 600 litres
Samford 91 is a Toyota Landcruiser GXL twin cab.
Well done to all the current and former members of Samford RFB.