Welcoming funding to Rural Fire Service stations are Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser and RFS superintendent Sean McArdle.
Welcoming funding to Rural Fire Service stations are Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser and RFS superintendent Sean McArdle. David Barwell

Trucks help RFS brigades improve safety

THE Coffs Coast will soon be the proud owner of new fire trucks to provide better bushfire protection for the community.

Bonville, Nana Glen and Ulong will receive a tanker early next year as part of a $1.2million State Government injection.

Funding will also be allocated towards a much-needed upgrade of the Ulong station and the Fire Control Centre in Aviation Dr, Coffs Harbour, will also be funded.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said it could not have come at a better time.

"It's long overdue and very timely coming into the bushfire season which is being predicted to be one of the worst that we've had," Mr Fraser said.

Superintendent Sean McArdle said the trucks would enable firefighters to work more safely, as older vehicles are phased out.

The funding followed this week's announcement that an Emergency Services Property Levy will be introduced by the State Government in a tax reform it claims will save most people money.

The new tax will remove a similar charge from insurance bills that currently funds firefighters and SES workers.

"The cost of the fire service will now be more equitably spread and those that have been paying for it will see reduction in their premiums," Mr Fraser said.

He said a pricing watchdog would be put in place to ensure insurance companies were complying.



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