The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) celebrated the official opening of a new station at Colo Vale over the weekend, which will help members provide the community with an even higher level of fire protection.
Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell and NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM joined brigade members at a ceremony to mark the occasion for the Colo Vale Brigade.
Mr Rowell said the new station was larger than the previous site and featured assigned areas for training.
“I know the dedicated volunteers will put all of the new facility to good use,” Mr Rowell said.
Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said the new station would make a great difference for volunteer firefighters.
“The new Colo Vale Brigades $625,000 station in the Wingecarribee Council area is located on council land at the corner of Wilson Drive and Church Avenue, Colo Vale and features three bays, meeting room, break out area and office along with cooking facilities,” he said.
“The need for more room highlights the increase in the brigade membership over time and the brigade’s increased responsibility and commitment to the Southern Highlands region.”
Mr McDonald said the NSW RFS was committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment they need to carry out the important work of protecting their local communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents.
“These men and women remain on-hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we should be extremely proud and grateful for their contribution,” he said.
“I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the Wingecarribee.”