Minister Elliott, Steph Cooke MP and members of the Ganmain RFS Brigade stand in front of the new tanker.
Minister Elliott, Steph Cooke MP and members of the Ganmain RFS Brigade.

The Riverina is better prepared for fire events after the official handover of a new fire truck to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members at Ganmain.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and NSW RFS District Manager Roger Orr to officially hand over the keys to the new tanker to the Ganmain Rural Fire Brigade.

Mr Elliott said the new tanker, worth more than $350,000, would enable this brigade to strengthen its firefighting efforts across its community.

“While the previous tanker has served these firefighters very well, I am confident this new state-of-the-art vehicle will prove itself to be an invaluable asset to this proud brigade,” Mr Elliott said.

“The NSW Government’s ongoing investment in new vehicles ensures NSW RFS members have access to modern firefighting technology when responding to fires and other incidents.”

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was proud of the local volunteers who work tirelessly to save lives and property.

“This new tanker will support our local volunteers just in time for the fire season,” Ms Cooke said.

“Our local volunteers deserve to be equipped with the latest technology that will help protect not only property and lives, but the crews who serve in this tanker.”

NSW RFS District Manager Roger Orr said that the NSW RFS is absolutely committed to working with all levels of government to ensure volunteer firefighters have the equipment they need to carry out the important work they do.

“This new truck will better equip volunteers to respond to a range of emergencies, including bush and grass fires, structure fires, along with motor vehicle accidents,” Supt Orr said.

While visiting Ganmain Rural Fire Brigade, Supt Orr thanked the local volunteer members along with every volunteer in the Riverina, for their dedicated service to their local community.

“The efforts of our volunteers do not go unnoticed, and this new vehicle will support the brigade to continue their outstanding work,”

“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. Supt Orr said.