The Leneva region will be better protected this bushfire season, with a new fire truck handed over to the town's brigade on Friday.
The Toyota LandCruiser, worth about $130,000, is able to hold 550 litres of water and enter terrain larger fire trucks can't access.
Officer-in-charge Ashely Mills said it was a welcome addition.
"It's a purpose-built vehicle to get into very rough terrain," he said.
"Where the larger vehicles can't get into, this thing can really get in and really make a difference."
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Captain Cam Potter said October through to March was the busiest time of the year.
"We generally have about 25 calls for the season," he said.
"We've got 47 members who turn out to fires and this additional vehicle will help us turn out more members to jobs.
"It's going to really help."
Mr Potter said the brigade most commonly responded to grass and scrub fires, but also supported firefighters in Wodonga.
He said they were bracing for a busy period due to the lack of recent rainfall.