Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke opened the NSW Rural Fire Service Sandigo Brigade’s new $109,000 station today.

Ms Cooke joined NSW Assistant Commissioner Peter McKechnie and Narrandera Shire Council Mayor Neville Kschenka at the official opening where they inspected the new facility and thanked volunteers for their ongoing commitment to the MIA area and the Service.

Ms Cooke said the new station would provide enhanced support to volunteers as well as the communities they protect.

“This new station will further help members of the Sandigo Brigade assist with vehicle movements, brigade station maintenance and the fighting of fires locally,” Ms Cooke said.

“We continually see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when bush fires and emergency situations threaten and I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to all the NSW RFS members for their outstanding efforts.

“This is a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who thoroughly deserve this fantastic new station.”

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said the NSW RFS, working cooperatively with the state and local governments, is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment, infrastructure and resources they need to carry out the important work of protecting their communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents.

“We continually see how hard our skilled firefighters work to keep us safe and this facility provides them with the space to perform vital activities away from the fireground, such as maintenance of equipment and training,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The new station features a number of truck bays, a storeroom and toilet.

“Today, members of this Brigade continue to protect their community from bush fires as well as a diverse array of incidents including structure and vehicle fires, motor vehicle accidents and assisting in search and rescue.

“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 MIA Zone.”