Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced that he will push for a regional emergency training centre for the Rural Fire Service and Police to be based in Tamworth.

Mr Anderson met today with Tamworth Regional Council Manager Roads Infrastructure Murray Russell, Tamworth Regional Council Cr Phill Betts, Tamworth Rural Fire Service Superintendent Allyn Purkiss, NSW Fire and Rescue Zone Commander Superintendent Steve Hirst, SES Namoi Region Deputy Region Controller Heath Stimson, NSW Ambulance Inspector Ray Tait and Oxley Local Area Command Inspector Jeff Budd to discuss plans.

“The Rural Fire Service is looking to build a state-of-the-art fire control and training facility in Tamworth and the police would like to join that project by building a specialised training unit for police, making it a specialist regional emergency training centre.

“This centre makes great sense as it will draw on police from the New England Northwest and will provide training closer to home and will mean less down time for police while training.

“To be able to incorporate police with the Rural Fire Service’s plan is a great opportunity and I believe we should make the most of it.

“There is much to be done and work will now start on a plan for the centre and it is great to be at the forefront as we work towards building a better region,” Mr Anderson said.

Rural Fire Service Superintendent Allyn Purkiss said it’s a great idea to expand the new facility to incorporate other services like the police.

Oxley Local Area Command Inspector Jeff Budd said this regional emergency training centre of excellence would not only benefit the Tamworth area but also the Western region

“We were aware that the RFS had spent time in preparing this great facility and there is now the opportunity to have discussions to value add to the centre and create a centre that would provide excellence in training,” Inspector Budd said.


Mr Anderson said “The next step is to work up a proposal and I am looking forward to working with Tamworth Regional Council and taking that to the NSW Government.”

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