Inspector Tom McDevitt, Steph Cooke MP and Darren Hession from PWA and Zauner Constructions stand in front of the new RFS buildings.
Inspector Tom McDevitt, Steph Cooke MP and Darren Hession from PWA and Zauner Constructions

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has inspected the almost finished Rural Fire Service (RFS) Fire Control Centre in Harden.

The new multi-million dollar Centre will provide the RFS South West Slopes Zone with state-of-the-art facilities to better support members during incidents and provide enhanced training capabilities.

Ms Cooke said the tour highlighted how important the Fire Control Centre will be for firefighters responding to and preparing for emergencies.

“It is fantastic to see the progress on this building and to know how much it will mean to the people of Harden Murrumburrah and members of the RFS. This will give them access to the latest technology for responding to incidents in the South West Slopes Zone,” Ms Cooke said

“This facility like this will assist our firefighters to carry out their instrumental work, and it is wonderful to see it is almost complete.”

RFS Inspector Tom McDevitt said the new Fire Control Centre will feature dedicated Operations and Planning rooms; and an exciting feature will be a state-of-the-art knowledge wall for situational awareness.

“This Centre has been eight years in the making and we are all excited to see the project come to fruition,” Inspector McDevitt said.

“Once opened, it will offer increased opportunities for our volunteers and staff to complete training. It has been purpose designed and built to increase our response to incidents.”

“The building will be of significance not only to Rural Fire Service volunteers and staff but also the people of Harden Murrumburrah as there will be potential for other groups within the community to use the facility, value-adding to the community.”

Construction began on the Harden RFS Fire Control Centre in September 2019.