Fire protection and emergency response in the local community will be enhanced with the handover of new state of the art equipment at Sutherland FRNSW, Maianbar RFS and Sutherland Shire SES.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliot and Member for Heathcote Lee Evans today visited the Sutherland Fire Station to see the new $760,000 pumper.

The new appliance has a pump that supplies up to 4,000 litres of water a minute for firefighting operations and a Compressed Air Foam (CAFs) system to fight chemical, petrol and bush fires.

The new vehicle is fitted with a GPS navigation unit and an electronic message board on the back to warn motorists of emergency operations. The engine meets stringent emission standards.

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said the new truck will help firefighters better protect the Sutherland community

“Sutherland firefighters responded to more than 2,587 fire and emergency calls in 2019 and took part in more than 174 community safety activities to educate the local community about fire safety, so it is fitting that they receive this new pumper,” Mr Evans said.

FRNSW replaces on average up to 40 vehicles each year with brand new and modern vehicles as part of a $17 million annual program.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter said FRNSW continued to provide its firefighters with modern vehicles that will provide them with top-of-the-line capabilities to protect NSW families.

“An upgrade such as this ensures that our firefighters have the best equipment and the latest technology to ensure the safety and protection of themselves and the people they protect,” Commissioner Baxter said

Mr Elliot and Mr Evans joined the Maianbar Rural Fire Brigade to officially handover the new CAT 1 Tanker.

Mr Evans congratulated the Maianbar RFS crew of the receipt of the state of the art equipment.

“This will greatly increase their capabilities within the Royal National Park and in general duties,” Mr Evans said

Mr Elliott and Mr Evans also visited the Sutherland Shire SES Unit to handover a $145,000 Bowloader Punt, as part of the $56.4 million NSW SES fleet replacement program.

“This is fantastic piece of kit for our stellar SES volunteers, and is fully kitted out with emergency warning lights and sirens as well as communications equipment which will be a welcome sight during times of emergency,” Mr Evans said.

Whilst visiting Local State Mitigation Crew Members conducting hazard reduction at Bonnet Bay, Mr Elliot announced two paid positions, part of a $10.7 million investment to fast track the State’s hazard reduction program.

The $10.7 million for hazard reduction will create an additional 100 jobs, forming 25 crews from Albury to Armidale which will support and supplement volunteers and fast track hazard reduction.

The NSW Government is also investing $34.4 million in the RFS fleet to help expedite essential upgrades and the rollout of new vehicles to brigades who need them most, delivering 120 new and 70 refurbished trucks by then end of next financial year (2020-21).

Minister for Emergency David Elliott, Member for Heathcote Lee Evans, Commissioner Baxter and Members of Sutherland Fire and Rescue.

Minister for Emergency David Elliott, Member for Heathcote Lee Evans, Acting District Manager Angelo Baldo and Members of Maianbar Rural Fire Brigade.

Minister for Emergency David Elliott, Member for Heathcote Lee Evans and Members of SES Sutherland Shire Unit.