Boost for regional fire stations
Hundreds made their way to Gulgong recently to watch Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant open the third new state-of-the-art fire station in regional NSW for 2017.
The new Gulgong facility will replace one that dates back to the late 1800s, has the capacity for two trucks and will enable resident firefighters to better respond to emergencies across the region.
With the new station, the Gulgong Fire & Rescue team will be able to respond more efficiently to a range of issues without always needing to rely on back up from Mudgee.
The difference the new facility will make to the local community was immediately evident at its official opening on August 16th, with the resident Pump 312 and visiting HAZMAT Tanker 387 from Mudgee both called to assist the SES during the media event.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the new station was an investment in community safety in Gulgong.
“This is the third fire station I’ve opened in regional NSW since January, and the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested around $3 million in these state-of-the-art facilities,” he said.
“We are committed to providing our firefighters with the best possible equipment and amenities so they can get on with the job they do best – saving lives and property.”
The new station is also equipped with training facilities, allowing locals who wish to join the service and remain local to train at home.
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter QSO said the station’s modern facilities would boost firefighters’ ability to protect the local community and help in the recruitment of new retained (or on-call) firefighters.
“The greatly improved working environment provides firefighters with the facilities they need to continue to deliver the best service possible well into the future,” he said.
“It is a purpose-built base to support our professional, scientific approach to firefighting.”
The new capabilities of the Gulgong Fire and Rescue will also boost the strength of the NSW Rural Fire Service who cooperate on larger emergencies as well as provide further support to other emergency services at the scene of traffic incidents.