MAIDEN Gully Fire Brigade has doubled its firefighting fleet, with the addition of three new trucks.
A medium and light tanker, and a four-wheel-drive support vehicle, were unveiled on Sunday.
Maiden Gully CFA captain David Mustey said the vehicles would provide a major boost ahead of the looming fire season.
He said they would be critical in fighting fires locally and assisting with jobs in other areas.
"They can be deployed anywhere," he said.
"We can get sent to jobs up to Mildura or down in Epping or the southwest of the state. These will be able to cover a pretty broad area."
The purchase of the vehicles was the result of two years worth of fundraising efforts from local residents.
The community raised $75,000 from different events, while the state government provided more than $500,000 in grants.
Mr Mustey said he was extremely grateful for the support and said it would help equip the brigade to attend any emergency.
He said the trucks represented a timely upgrade.
“It represents a major leap forward in crew safety and firefighting capability,” he said.
Mr Mustey said firefighters were bracing for a potentially busy fire season across the region.
"It's a bit of an unknown still," he said.
"We've had high fuel loads early so depending what we get it could be particularly dry."
The brigade turns out to about 50 incidents a year in the Maiden Gully area, on average.
Brigade treasurer Andrew Howlett said the upgrades helped replace older, decommissioned vehicles.
He said some trucks had been in use since the brigade first opened in 1998.
"It's a huge advance," he said.
"It's really the first brand new truck we've had. We've effectively doubled our fleet."
The three vehicles were officially handed over by CFA Board Member Michael Tudball and Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum.