24 HOUR OPERATION CLOSER FOR TAMWORTH FIRE STATION

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson MP today inspected the progress of the new accommodation block at Tamworth Fire Station ahead of the commencement of 24 hour operations.

Mr Anderson said work is progressing well and the station will “Go 24/7” on Wednesday December 13.

“This means that firefighters will be on station 24 hours a day and the new living quarters will provide accommodation for those who are on duty at the time. By being on station, staff will be able to provide an immediate response when an emergency is called regardless of day or night. It provides peace of mind for the community that if there is an emergency we will get a response much more quickly.

“It also means ten new jobs and I have already met a number of new firefighters who have relocated their families to the region in preparation for the change,” Mr Anderson said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Zone Commander, Superintendent Tom Cooper said this is a “big deal” for the area as the 24-hour operation would mean firefighters could respond even quicker to emergency call outs.

“It’s a very significant thing for Fire and Rescue NSW. When the bells go off after hours, they will walk from their quarters and straight into the truck. Our retained firefighters do a fantastic job but there is always that time where we have to wait for them to get to the station, get dressed and get in the truck and go.

“There have been two recent fires in Tamworth that were attended to by crews at night when returning from training. This supports the need for having firefighters ready to go 24/7,” Superintendent Cooper said. 

Mr Anderson said “We are getting the service we deserve, it was one of my re-election promises in 2015 and it’s now becoming a reality.

The 24-hour staffing arrangement is also in addition to a brand new fire station to be built in West Tamworth in the near future,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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