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Work initiative restores fire truck

Thursday, 23 April 2009

The CFS Heritage Committee will today take possession of an old fire truck that was restored through the efforts of a dedicated group of unemployed workers as part of a job creation initiative.

CFS Heritage Committee chairman Rex Hall AFSM said the project began six months ago with the help of the CFS Volunteers Association to restore a Dodge fire truck.

“This truck required a lot of work to restore it to showroom condition,” he said.

The Ex Military Rehabilitation Centre (XMRC) at Edinburgh and community employment agency Jobs Statewide Inc combined their resources to tackle the project.

“A total of eight unemployed people were tasked to restore the fire truck and its ancillary equipment which involved metal work, spray painting and panel beating,” Mr Hall said.

“Seven of those who worked on this project have since gained full and part time employment with one person still in full time training.”

A presentation to mark the completion of the project and acknowledge the work of its participants, will take place at 12 noon today at XMRC at Building 186, Contractors Road in Edinburgh.

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Ian Jamieson from XMRC receiving a certificate of appreciation from Rex Hall of the CFS Volunteer Association

The restored vehicle will be placed in the CFS Heritage Committee Museum at Naracoorte.

For more information contact Rex Hall on 8762 1424.