Seymour district mechanical officer Luke Jaudzemis completes final checks on a new heavy tanker.

Wallan and Seymour are among 50 Country Fire Authority, CFA, brigades set to receive new tankers.

The first tankers will begin being delivered to brigades for commissioning and training from next month, at a cost of $23 million.

The new vehicles are part of the State Government’s $126m CFA Capability Funding package, announced in June 2020.

The fleet of new dual-cab vehicles includes 48 heavy tankers and two light tankers, all of which replace single-cab tankers and allow a full crew to sit within the vehicle cabin.

Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes announced on Saturday the first 20 stations to receive tankers by mid-2022 included Wallan, Seymour and Gisborne.

The full roll-out will be completed in 2023.

CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan said tankers were a vital part of CFA’s fleet, with more than 1800 across the state.

“These new tankers are state-of-the-art firefighting vehicles,” he said.

“The heavy tankers feature a 15-tonne crew-cab chassis with a 4000-litre water tank, while their four-by-four capability and automatic transmission will help crews access fires in difficult terrain.

“They also include features such as electronic monitors and electric rewind hose reels, as well as using a higher percentage of recyclable build materials.”

The heavy tankers also have a 1200 l/min diesel engine-driven fire-fighting pump, crew/vehicle roll over and burn-over protection, and full equipment stowage cache.

Ms Symes said the tankers’ multilayered crew protection system would allow them to withstand fire temperatures of more than 600 degrees celsius during burn overs.

“With its dual cab features and life-saving crew protection systems, these new CFA tankers will ensure our volunteer firefighters have the latest equipment, and best protection to do their vital work,” she said.

“Victoria is one of the most fire prone areas in the world and these new tankers will help support communities and firefighters stay safe across the state for many years to come.

“We’re delivering record funding for our fire services to keep communities safe, while supporting local manufacturing and local jobs.”

Manufacturing on the 48 heavy tankers began in September 2021 at Sunshine North manufacturer R.A Bell and Co, with the final vehicles expected to be complete in September 2023.