Brave firies get set for summer

Volunteers from the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District RFS with (from L to R) Troy Grant, Philip Ruddock, Matt Kean, Damien Tudehope and Alister Henskens

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rural Fire Service showed they were geared up for what’s promised to be a hot summer when they met with the Emergency Services Minister and other local MPs recently last week.

As part of the $2million invested by the state government in new fire stations for the fire-prone areas served by Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade and the Berowra Rural Fire Brigades, on display were a number of new vehicles including a prototype $305,000 Cherrybrook 17 support vehicle, equipped with storage for Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus sets, computer terminals and screens, multiple radios, an on-board power supply and flood lights.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant joined Hornsby MP and Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Matt Kean, Ku-ring-gai Member Alister Henskens and Member for Epping Damien Tudehope at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Fire Control Centre to meet local NSW RFS volunteer firefighters and inspect new vehicles.

“With the driest winter on record since 2002, and hot conditions forecast for November, we’re anticipating a tough bushfire season,” Minister Grant said.

“It’s a pleasure to visit NSW RFS facilities, meet with volunteers and personally thank them for their selflessness and commitment to the safety of their communities.” 

Matt Kean said local firefighting capabilities were recently enhanced with the delivery of new and repurposed fire trucks provided for the Hornsby Heights, Ku-ring-gai, Cherrybrook and Berowra Rural Fire Brigades.

“The Hornsby Heights and Ku-ring-gai Brigades each received new Category 1 tankers worth $330,000 while Hornsby Heights and Berowra both received a repurposed Category 7 tanker,” Mr Kean said.

Commenting on the new Cherrybrook prototype truck, Epping MP Damien Tudehope said: “This vehicle can provide support at structure fires, act as a forward command centre and provide external lighting and power, making it a valuable asset for all local brigades.

“Cherrybrook volunteers fundraised $25,000 towards this new vehicle and they’re to be commended for going above and beyond the call of duty in the name of community safety.”

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