The bushfire fighting capacity has been enhanced in Sydney’s south following the arrival of a new state of the art vessel at the Woronora Rural Fire Service.

Today I was joined by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott to announce the official arrival of NSW RFS Woronora Boat Bravo with local RFS volunteers.

The vessel is about 8.5 metres long and is powered by twin engines with the ability to fight fires and carry eight firefighters.

It is important our dedicated volunteers are supported by the best possible technology to fight fires. This is an impressive bushfire fighting boat which is ready to be called out to emergencies. I know it will serve the people of the Heathcote area for a long time.

The Bravo has arrived at the perfect time as we approach the warmer parts of the year.

It is a pleasure to be here today with the Minister and Mayor Pesce to commend the RFS volunteers in the area. Our State will forever be in debt to their efforts. We can feel a little bit safer knowing this new vessel is ready to go when called upon as we approach the warmer months.