Young, Junee and Temora are among those regional communities welcoming new on-call firefighters thanks to the investment of the NSW Nationals in the state government.
NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke caught up with firefighters at Young Fire Station, who will soon welcome Brendon McMillan. He joins Mark Cooper, Joel Evans and Todd Lynch who will be based in Temora and Trent Charlton and Stacy Turner who will be on call in Junee.
This month the NSW Nationals in the state government announced a $192 million investment in response to the Independent Bushfire Inquiry, including $36 million for a new first responder mental health strategy that will support all emergency service first responders.
Ms Cooke welcomed the recruits to her electorate.
“We depend on our first responders more than ever, and it is so important they have the equipment and staffing numbers they need to get their jobs done,” Ms Cooke said.
“These recruits have received world class training and will be equipped for whatever challenges they face. On behalf of the community, I am pleased to warmly welcome each one to their stations.”
The NSW Nationals congratulated all of the recruits for embarking on a rewarding career that will ultimately put them on the frontline when it comes to protecting their communities.
These Fire and Rescue personnel begin their careers at a time when our frontline workers have never been more necessary, and they know they will have the full support of the NSW Nationals throughout their new careers.