SOUTH West Rocks Fire and Rescue (449) unveiled their brand new station today in a ceremony attended by past and present service members, South West Rocks Public School, and special guests, Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliott, Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey and Mayor Liz Campbell.
The new station boasts plenty of upgrades over the old with a double engine bay for the trucks, improved training and recovery facilities, a fitness room, separate female and male amenities and plenty of yard space for drills.
The old South West Rocks fire station had a long and storied history, with its first captain Stan Deveridge overseeing all operations for the better part of 23 years. Current Station Commander Les McDonald is confident that the new station is more than up to the task of keeping the community safe.
"We are prepared for anything, anywhere anytime. The new station is going to be a great asset to South West Rocks and my men," he said.
"The last of our gear will be transferred over from the old station very soon, but the new one is operational and ready to go."
Construction started late last year, and overall, the project carried a $2 million price tag, Commander McDonald believes there could be more additions in the future as well.
"There is more land around us for future developments," he said.
Aside from the opening of the new station, two members of the South West Rocks crew were recognised for their years of service to the community. Deputy captain Glen Hanna received a medal for over 30 years of service, while deputy captain Mark Miller received a national medal for ten years of service and good conduct.
Minister Elliott said the new fire station replaces the old, outdated 40-year-old station and represents a major investment in emergency services.
"The NSW Government is committed to providing our firefighters with the best possible equipment and amenities to protect life and property," he said.
"Firefighters here in the 'Rocks help keep the community safe, and this terrific $2 million investment will ensure they have the facilities they need," Mrs Pavey said.
In 2017 and 2018, South West Rocks Fire and Rescue responded to more than 70 fire and emergency calls, and took part in a range of activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.
The new facility is located at 43 Lindsay Noonan Dve.
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