Australia — American actor Paul Newman’s legacy will be felt in Victoria’s bushfire-ravaged communities with his charity donating fire tankers and funding a fire station upgrade.
The money comes from the late actor’s charitable foundation Newman’s Own which distributes profits from his range of sauces and dressings.
Three bushfire-hit communities will benefit.
Kinglake West and Flowerdale Country Fire Authority brigades were this week presented with two new ultra-light tankers, courtesy of the foundation set up by the late heart-throb who starred in films from the 1950s until his last screen appearance in Road to Perdition in 2002.
Kinglake West Brigade captain Karyn Norbury said the new vehicle would make a huge difference to firefighting efforts.
“The new ultra-light tanker will be able to traverse a much larger part of the local area, including dense scrub and small dirt tracks that can be difficult for larger firefighting appliances to access,” Ms Norbury said in a statement.
Flowerdale Brigade captain Glen Woods said he welcomed the donation.
The tankers carry 550 litres of water and are fitted with a diesel-powered pump.
Before the delivery of the new tankers, Flowerdale brigade had one firefighting unit and Kinglake West had two.
The fire brigade in nearby St Andrews received more than $71,000 to upgrade its fire station.
The keys to the tankers were officially handed to the brigades on Tuesday by Sue Home, the Australian administrator of Newman’s Own Foundation.