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Castlereagh district celebrates investment in new station and fire trucks

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Members of the Castlereagh District Brigade have marked the inauguration of the newly built Warrumbungle and Tonderbrine Brigade station alongside a special ceremony to commend the dedication of district members.

Castlereagh’s new station on John Renshaw Parkway now operational

RFS Assistant Commissioner Jayson McKellar has confirmed the completion of the $320,000 facility situated on John Renshaw Parkway at Tonderbrine.

He highlighted the station’s modern amenities: “This station features two truck bays, kitchenette, accessible bathroom, storage facilities and features solar power and water tank.”

Over $700,000 in new trucks for local brigades

During the ceremony, new trucks were officially handed over to the Bearbung and Deep Creek Brigades.

The investment in these new resources exceeds $700,000, underscoring the commitment to equipping volunteer firefighters

The RFS is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment they need to carry out the important work of protecting their local communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents.

Volunteer dedication was in the spotlight as the RFS recognized the exceptional service of its members.

Assistant Commissioner McKellar said: “Five members today will be recognized for 50 or more years of service and I would like to make special mention of John Ohem, who is receiving the Long Service Medal and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Double Clasps for 61 years’ service.”

The commitment of Castlereagh District members was further applauded: “Members of the Castlereagh District have always answered the call, not only assisting with incidents locally but across the state.”

McKellar also extended gratitude to the volunteers’ support networks. He expressed his thanks: “I also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of all RFS volunteers.

“We know it takes their ongoing support and patience to assist and enable our volunteers to do what they do to save lives and property.”

IFSJ Comment

The new facilities and equipment for the Castlereagh District Brigade represent a significant enhancement of fire and safety operations in the region.

With the recent investment, volunteers are better equipped and prepared to respond to local emergencies effectively.

Acknowledging the dedication of long-serving members also highlights the valuable human element in fire services, reinforcing community ties and continuity in volunteer firefighting.

Such developments not only improve response capabilities but also serve as a testament to the ongoing commitment to safety and support for those who selflessly serve their communities.

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