NEW STA­TION A BOON FOR FIREYS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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

Pic­ture: Phil Rogers

Shayne Job­son, Scott Grinyer, Peter Turner and Hugh Strain.

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