Issued: 10 July 2015
Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott was today joined by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Acting Commissioner Jim Smith to turn the first sod on a new $3.6 million fire station at Maryland in Newcastle.
When complete, the new fire station will be staffed by 16 retained firefighters and will be well positioned to meet the needs of the growing Maryland community as well as the increase in risks such as fire and other hazards.
The NSW Government is investing $18.4 million in building or refurbishing fire stations across NSW over the next 12 months, including $7.3 million to start or complete work on fire stations in the Hunter.
"This is an exciting day for Newcastle - the start of work on this important facility marks a major milestone in improving firefighting resources in the Hunter," Mr Elliott said.
"It's another great example of the Government equipping our emergency services with the tools they need to protect our communities in times of crisis."
Across the Hunter, work is about to begin or is currently under way on fire stations at Abermain, Lambton, Rutherford, Murrurundi and Wingham.
The start of work in Maryland follows an extensive site selection and station design process. The new station will be operational late next year and will replace the existing facility at Wallsend which is more than 90 years old.
"The Wallsend crew do a tremendous job in responding to emergencies and helping their community stay safe. This new facility will help them keep up with that terrific work," Acting Commissioner Smith said.
The Maryland station will have a multipurpose training prop to enable firefighters from across the Hunter to train and improve their emergency response skills.
It will also have improved accommodation facilities, a double engine bay, and more storage for uniforms and breathing apparatus.