Issued: 6 June 2017
Media release - Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant was today joined by Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter for the official opening of the new Abermain Fire Station.
The new $1 million building replaces the former facility, which served the people of Abermain and the lower Hunter for almost 60 years.
This is the third Abermain Fire Station since the town's first brigade was formally established in 1910. The original station, built in 1913 cost £521 or around $60,000 in today's terms.
Mr Grant said the new station will help protect Abermain and its surrounds for generations to come.
"A fire station is at the heart of a local community, and the NSW Government's investment in these facilities highlights our commitment to community safety," Mr Grant said.
"Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they head out of the station. They deserve outstanding facilities and this is what they have in Abermain now.
"The new fire station is designed to ensure our firefighters are trained, fit and ready so they can do their job effectively."
Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the construction of the new fire station will deliver real benefits to the people of Abermain and surrounds.
"It is a purpose-built, modern facility for a professional, scientific approach to firefighting," Mr Baxter said.
"It features a two-engine truck bay, state-of-the-art firefighter training and recovery facilities, male and female locker rooms, and improved storage capacity for protective and firefighting equipment.
"The new fire station will meet the demands of the area's growing population and the evolving needs of firefighters."