Firefighting Equipment Electric Vehicle Fires

Melina BATH (Eastern Victoria) (12:51): (619) My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. With the use of electric vehicles increasing, there does come a serious new challenge: vehicles with lithium-ion batteries can be especially dangerous when they catch fire. F-500 fire extinguishers are required to put these fires out. Our CFA brigades and emergency services personnel will be increasingly required to respond to lithium battery fires, and they are incredibly challenging to put out. Traditional firefighting equipment just does not cut it because the fires are spurred by runaway thermal energy. CFA brigades, such as the Phillip Island CFA in my electorate, are being asked, required or forced to fundraise to purchase this equipment. I ask the minister: when will the Allan Labor government supply my Eastern Victoria fire brigades with these specialised new pieces of equipment?