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The rescue efforts of the Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade are set to be made a little easier thanks to a recent donation.

The Alexandra Lions Club has given the brigade a specialised rescue stretcher.

The stretcher features a frame to fit around a traditional stretcher and a central wheel, allowing two people to navigate a patient down narrow trails, rather than six people.

Money raised from the club’s annual four-wheel-drive trip fully funded the $4200 stretcher.

Chief fire officer Russell Anderson said the stretcher would make the brigade’s job easier.

“Practically, it’s an easier option to carry patients for long distances over reasonably rough terrain, such as our cycle trails,” he said.

Alexandra Lions Club immediate past-president Barry McCall said the club chose the stretcher because of the increase in cycle trails.

“We got it with all the cycle trails that are being developed around here in anticipation of having to get patients out.

“It was about the day that we said we would be able to purchase it for them, there was a need for it on the trail.”