Last week, the first sod was turned at the new South West Slopes Zone Fire Control Centre in Harden.
The centre will boast state of the art facilities, which will provide better support for members during incidents as well as enhanced training capabilities. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald attended the site to mark the start of construction on the new $6.3 million facility.
“The new Fire Control Centre will feature dedicated operations and planning rooms with a state-of-the-art knowledge wall for situational awareness. There will also be multiple training rooms, outdoor catering facilities for both volunteers and staff, an administrative area and dedicated storage facilities for support resources,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.
Ms Cooke said, “This is a truly fantastic day for the Rural Fire Service and for the Harden community, as we will see a brand-new facility with the latest in technology for giving an overview of incidents in the South West Slopes Zone.” “It will give our brave and dedicated firefighters even greater support during operations and this in turn means our communities will be better protected. These men and women remain ready every hour of every day and I am extremely proud and grateful for their wonderful commitment.”
As well as the NSW RFS, the Control Centre will support other agencies and is anticipated to develop into a hub for local emergency services.
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