Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the addition of a brand new fire station to the electorate.

The Wattamondara Rural Fire Brigade in the Canobolas Zone cut the ribbon at their new home on Saturday, April 7.

“This is the first station for the Wattamondara Brigade and I’m so pleased these volunteers have been provided a permanent base to carry out their training and maintain their exceptional service to this community,” Ms Cooke said.

The new $240,000 station includes two vehicle bays, amenities and multipurpose area.

Wes Fang MLC and NSW Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Stuart Midgley AFSM officially opened the new station.

“I would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who often give up their own livelihoods to help others in times of emergency,” Mr Fang said.

“The physically exhausting and mentally challenging work that the volunteers do is commendable and is a priceless resource for our communities.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Stuart Midgley AFSM said the volunteers are over the moon to have a permanent base.

“The Wattamondara Brigade is understandably thrilled that they now have this secure space,” he said.

Following another station opening at Chaucer, near Canowindra, 10 Canobolas Zone members were presented with Long Service Medals.

“Each of the volunteers being recognised today have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to their community over the years and these medals are our proud acknowledgement of their efforts,” Assistant Commissioner Midgley said.