MEMBER for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead visited Wingham Fire Station to get a briefing on the new alterations and additions and to see the new helmets that firefighting personnel will wear when on call.
Mr Bromhead said the staff at Wingham is excited about both the building works and the new protective helmets.
“The development of Wingham Fire Station is well underway, with plans finalised and the project manager appointed,” Mr Bromhead said.
The building works includes demolishing some existing structures to make room for a new changing room, showers and bathroom facilities for female staff, a new shed, a “dirty” room for changing out of grimy gear and an access ramp.
As all firefighters have to undertake continual training, most importantly the alterations include a training room where these activities can take place.
“It is intended to use local tradespeople to undertake the work, which will be good for the local economy and I have been advised that construction work should commence as soon as possible,” said Mr Bromhead.
Mr Bromhead was also shown the new helmets which are now being worn when staff are called out to attend a fire.
“The new bright red helmets improve the safety of our firefighters as they incorporate microphones, special protective visors and allow for the wearing of oxygen masks," he said.
“It is wonderful to see these significant improvements for our emergency staff as the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government wants to ensure that the latest equipment is ready to improve their health and safety.”