FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN 24-HOUR STAFFING IN TAMWORTH
Tamworth Fire Station will begin 24-hour staffing for the first time tonight, with 10 more permanent firefighters joining its ranks.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said firefighters will start their first 24-hour shift at 6pm, boosting fire protection and emergency response for the local community.
“Today is a big win for the people of Tamworth. This is an important regional centre with a growing population and it’s vital that Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has the resources it needs to keep the community safe,” said Mr Anderson.
“This expansion doubles the number of permanent firefighters at Tamworth Fire Station and will mean even faster responses in the event of emergency.
“It will also mean firefighters have greater capacity to participate in fire prevention and community safety work, which is vital in helping people prevent and prepare for emergencies,” he said.
Tamworth Fire Station has previously been staffed by permanent firefighters between 6am and 6pm, with retained (on-call) firefighters providing protection at other times.
FRNSW has completed renovations at the Carthage Street fire station to enable 24-hour staffing, adding an accommodation block, showers and change rooms for female firefighters and upgraded office facilities.
Zone Commander, Superintendent Tom Cooper said permanent and retained firefighters would continue to work together to provide fire and emergency protection in Tamworth.
“Both our permanent and retained crews do a fantastic job in ensuring the safety of the community and the additional firefighters will enhance this already great service,” said Superintendent Cooper.
“We can now deliver an immediate response when the alarm sounds during the night and we’ll have more firefighters in place to service Tamworth Airport and major events like the Tamworth Country Music Festival.”