UNSEASONALLY dry conditions have Rural Fire Service firefighters in the central tablelands on edge and summer is still months away.
With little rain, fears of potentially volatile fire season are very real, but there is some good news on the horizon.
According to Bathurst MP Paul Toole work on the new O’Connell Fire Station is ahead of schedule.
“The team at Inland Building and Construction are confident the $762,000 facility will be open in early November,” Mr Toole said.
“It’s a huge boost for the local NSW Rural Fire service firefighters and gives them a first class facility for their vehicles, equipment and meeting requirements.
“The new premises are on a greenfield site on the corner of O’Connell Road and Mutton Falls Road is ideally situated in terms of access and room for the bigger and better building.”
Mr Toole said the new fire station features purpose-built bays for vehicles, a meeting room, office, a lockable hose drying rack, roof collection water tank for firefighting purposes, kitchen and bathroom amenities.
“The local RFS volunteers are on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week and their contribution to the community should not be taken for granted.
“Its members are not only at the ready to respond to bushfires, they are also trained to attend to a diverse range of incidents including motor vehicle accidents.”
The O’Connell Brigade was formed in the 1930s is also active in the local community and regularly undertake community engagement as well as running the Cadet program in a number of local schools.