NEW FIRE STATION FOR WEST TAMWORTH
The NSW 2017-18 Budget includes funding for a new $4.79 million state-of-the-art fire station in West Tamworth, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced today.
The new facility will replace the existing West Tamworth fire station and leased regional zone office premises, with construction due to be completed in 2020.
Mr Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government continues to prioritise the men and women who protect us in the event of fires, emergencies and natural disasters.
“Our firefighters do extraordinary work, often under enormous pressure and a new fire station will give firefighters in Tamworth the facilities they need to continue their vital work for generations to come,” Mr Grant said.
“The investment in the new facility is a response to the growing needs of the Tamworth community and the evolving needs of our firefighters. It highlights this Government’s unwavering commitment to community safety.
“The new station will be designed to ensure our firefighters are trained and ready to do their job effectively.”
Mr Anderson welcomed the funding allocation, following the announcement earlier in the year that by the end of 2017 the number of Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters in Tamworth is set to double, giving the regional city permanent, 24-hour staffing for the first time.
“Our local firefighters are the first ones to respond in the event of an emergency, but they are also actively involved in educating the community about fire safety,” Mr Anderson said.
"The new fire station will be located closer to other health and emergency services and will ensure better response coverage for communities throughout the area, and enhanced cooperation between a variety of government agencies.
“I’m extremely proud the NSW Government is investing in the safety of our region by providing our firefighters with the latest equipment and resources.”
The NSW Budget delivers $1.48 billion for emergency services in 2017/18, including funding to enhance warning systems for communities affected by natural disasters and to continue to engage large firefighting aircraft.