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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Muswellbrook welcomes $3.1m fire station

Muswellbrook will soon be home to a new $3.1 million fire station.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen joined NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott in the region on Thursday 26 November to announce the local community was set to be better protected from fire and other emergencies.

The pair was accompanied by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Area Commander Regional West Chief Superintendent Steve Hirst to officially reveal the construction of the facility in Market Street.

Mr Johnsen said the state-of-the-art premises would replace the current station, which had served the surrounding communities for more than 40 years.

“Our new Muswellbrook station will be located only 130m from the present site,” he explained.

“It will include three engine bays with an adjoining room and amenities, numerous sustainability features, additional storage space and extra training facilities for local staff.

“It’ll also accommodate an additional two permanent firefighters to increase local capabilities and maintain a modern emergency response well into the future.”

Mr Elliott said the new station was a significant investment in Muswellbrook, which would improve the local response to emergencies.

“The NSW Government has invested $87.2 million for works projects including stations across NSW in the 2020-21 Budget,” he stated.

“So, it’s pleasing to announce [today] that Muswellbrook will be benefiting from a new station, too.

“Fire stations are the epitome of civic duty and pride in local communities like Muswellbrook – and the NSW Government continues to invest in modern facilities and equipment to keep them safe.

“We are committed to providing our firefighters with the best resources so they can get on with the job: protecting the irreplaceable.”

FRNSW Chief Superintendent Steve Hirst said the station would boost firefighters’ ability to protect the local residents.

Construction on the new premises is scheduled to start in late 2021 with an expected completion date in mid-2022.

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