The new Kariong Fire Station and Zone Office has been officially opened today, following a $2.75 million investment from the NSW Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the NSW Government continues to invest in modern facilities and equipment to keep firefighters safe.
“Kariong Fire Station is the new home to 36 firefighters as well as the Metro North 2 Zone management team, which will improve Zone-wide coordination for emergency incidents and enhance local Fire and Rescue responses,” Mr Crouch said.
“I want to pay tribute to the brave men and women from Fire and Rescue NSW who put their lives on the line every day and are always prepared to respond to a range of situations.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the Station’s modern facilities would boost firefighters’ ability to protect the local community.
“The modern facility will allow the 20 permanent firefighters and 16 on-call firefighters stationed at Kariong to provide improved protection and response for the local community that will continue well into the future,” Mr Elliott said.
Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the new Station features three engine bays, an open plan area with three workstations, modern PPE storage and bathroom facilities, and a conference room in the Zone Office that can be used as an emergency operations centre and a strike team co-ordination base.
“We are committed to providing our firefighters with the best possible equipment and amenities so they can get on with the job they do best – protecting the irreplaceable,” Commissioner Baxter said.
“I welcome this new Station and Zone Office for the local area so the people of the Central Coast can be comforted by the fact they are protected by world-class firefighters operating out of a modern, purpose-built facility.”
The Station also has a number of sustainability features such as rainwater tanks that are connected to the internal water systems and solar panels.