Thought i’d share with you some interesting stories going around about two newly commissioned ACT Fire Brigade pod carriers (link to pic below) Lots of questions being asked on why they are based at a very secure site. One senior fire brigade officer quoted in saying: “There are reasons for them being at a secure facility. But I am not at liberty to make further comment.”
Some vistors to the site said they went through security clearance and were blindfolded before being driven there.
Rumours saying that it definately has nothing to do with normal security issues or terrorism/counter-terrorism.
The pods are used for HAZMAT, Urban Search & Rescue purposes etc, but they are also being used for transporting something else…
Another senior MFB firefigher from Melbourne says that this is very unusual; as fire appliances and pods across the nation are based at the fire stations which are already secure.
Anyway I dont know… You can try to contact ESA and persuade them to give you answers but I dont think it will get you far 🙂
What are your thoughts on this?
UPDATE: The ESA has had this to say:
The ACT Fire Brigade has two POD trucks (platform on demand) and a number of PODS (similar to freight containers) that are being fitted out for urban search and rescue and other specialist functions.
Other fire services in Melbourne and Adelaide already use a similar system which allows for flexibility in service and enhances specialist capability.
They are not a secret and when commissioned will be located at a fire station as are all appliances and specialist equipment that we use. While being fitted out, the trucks are located in Mitchell.