New Hazmat Support Van for Goonellabah
Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today visited Goonellabah Fire Station to inspect a new vehicle designed to help Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters at fires, chemical spills and other emergencies.
The fully equipped $105,000 hazardous materials (HAZMAT) van will respond to prolonged fires and hazardous materials incidents across the district.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said the new Mercedes Benz Sprinter will increase FRNSW’s capability to deal with large incidents, particularly those involving hazard materials.
“When it comes to frontline emergency services, you don’t get any more frontline than protecting lives and property at fires, chemical spills and other major emergencies,” Mr George said.
“This new HAZMAT van has special equipment for hazardous materials incidents such as gas detectors, absorbent booms and bins for disposing of hazardous materials.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant welcomed the addition to the Goonellabah Fire Station.
“Our firefighters are the best in the world. The men and women who rush into emergency situations to save lives and property are so good at what they do because of their training and the team they work alongside, however, having the latest equipment means they can operate at the best of their capabilities,” Mr Grant said.
“In July the NSW Premier handed over the keys to a similar van for the Tweed Heads Fire Station. I’m proud to be part of a Government that continues to provide fire and rescue officers with the best equipment for their vital work in protecting NSW families.”
FRNSW Northern Rivers Zone Commander, Superintendent Greg Lewis said fire and rescue officers at Goonellabah Fire Station and across the district do an extraordinary job protecting their communities.
“New state-of-the-art equipment helps fire and rescue officers with their vital work in protecting families and properties,” Mr Lewis said.
In 2015/16, Goonellabah firefighters responded to approximately 300 fire and emergency calls and conducted about 40 community engagement activities to educate the public about home fire safety.