Fire station moves to 24-7 operation
COFFS Harbour Fire Station will be manned around the clock from today with the addition of 16 full-time firefighters to the station.
The 16 new staff, who include four station officers and 12 firefighters, mean the station will now be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The boost to local services was announced in June's State Budget, with then Emergency Services Minister, Nathan Rees, saying the Budget ensured families in the region were better protected than ever in emergencies.
“Coffs Harbour is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW,” Mr Rees said at the time.
“The new personnel mean the station will be staffed with full-time officers who will work with the retained, or on-call, firefighters currently attached to the station to provide 24-hour protection to the community.”
Coffs Harbour's new staff are among 65 new firefighters employed across the state at a cost of $10.4 million.