NEW STATION A BOON FOR FIREYS
AFTER years of waiting, Ropes Crossing’s new $3.8 million fire station finally opened last week.
The state-of-the-art facility was years in the planning but took only six months to build. It features training rooms and offices as well as kitchen, living and gym facilities.
As one of the busiest areas in the state, it will be home to 20 permanent firefighters and seven retained firefighters.
Each firefighter will enjoy their own bedroom and change room with share bathrooms between two. Station officer Peter Turner said the crews were extremely happy with the new facilities.
“We were renting in a factory and industrial area before,” he said. “This is a purpose-built facility. It is similar to what he had, but it is bigger and will be the benchmark for all new fire stations.”
As well as new facilities, the new location also will allow the station to respond to emergencies quicker.
“We are now more centrally located within our station, area giving us quicker response times,” Mr Turner said.
“We average about 1500 to 2000 jobs a year. On top of that we are usually the second or third busiest fire station with regard to fires in NSW.
“House fires, grass fires, rubbish fires even factory fires – we are busy here.”
Mt Druitt is also set to receive a new station in the near future, with Fire and Rescue NSW securing land in Railway St, Mt Druitt, for the new facility.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said this location would also allow the station to be more central.
“FRNSW considered the central location, ease of access, road and traffic conditions and surrounding land use when selecting a suitable site for a future new fire station,” he said. “The site on Railway St meets this criteria.”
See video at the new station at mtdruittstandard.com.au
Shayne Jobson, Scott Grinyer, Peter Turner and Hugh Strain.