31 January 2013

Early January saw extremely hot temperatures across Australia including in Tasmania with an all-time maximum temperature record of 41.8 °C, whilst rainfall was below average throughout the state.

This extreme weather created conditions for bushfires which catastrophically destroyed several properties including a primary school, an RSL club, a service station and many homes.

On Tuesday 8th January, sgfleet’s Hobart office received a call from one of their customers, Forestry Tasmania, explaining their requirement for as many four wheel drives and all wheel drives as could be made available. These vehicles needed to be “on the road and into the bush” to transport assisting fire fighters. That day eight vehicles were dispatched.

Tim Geard , Manager Plant Services, Fire Management Branch, from Forestry Tasmania said, “thanks to the ‘can do’ attitude of both sgfleet and Forestry Tasmania we solved a significant logistic problem that everybody else who had been asked thought was too hard!  I can't offer higher praise than that”.

Thanks to everyone involved for helping to make this happen including staff at sgfleet, Pickles Tasmania and BP Australia – it was another great team effort!