Coffs Harbour firefighters will now be able to provide 24 hour service with the addition of new firefighters.
Coffs Harbour firefighters will now be able to provide 24 hour service with the addition of new firefighters. The Advocate

Emergency services budget a flaming success

NEW firefighters, new renovations and new fire engines are coming to the Coffs Coast as part of the record $872 million Emergency Services state Budget.

In a major boost to fire safety in the Coffs Harbour region, 16 additional full-time firefighters will be employed at Coffs Harbour Fire Station and $600,000 worth of major renovations and upgardes will make sure they're right at home.

And other parts of the Coast won't miss out, with a new fire engine on its way to Sawtell and a new emergency response vehicle on the books for the Dorrigo State Emergency Service unit.

Emergency Services Minister, Nathan Rees, said this year's Budget would ensure families in the region were better protected than ever in emergencies.

"Coffs Harbour is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW and the popularity of this area has resulted in significant development and population growth," Mr Rees said.

"It is vital that the local fire station has the resources it needs to service this expanding community."

The 16 new staff; four station officers and 12 firefighters would also mean Coffs Harbour Fire Station would now be staffed around the clock.

The renovations to the station will include accommodation, bathroom facilities and training and change rooms.

Mr Rees said the region would also receive its fair share of the $201.7 million Rural Fire Fighting Fund, with the SES to recieve a 12 percent increase in funding to $57.6 million.


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