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New 24-hour fire station to open in July

Crews are just months away from moving into the new 24-hour fire station.

Superintendent Tom Cooper the project is moving along, with the concrete being poured for the engine bays.

"They are laying the slab for the accommodation today, and the slab for the zone office has already been laid," he said.

"We are due to move in on July 1, 2020."

Superintendent Cooper said firies had given their input on what the station should look like, and it was built so the region's FRNSW network could grow into it.

"There is a growing demand for resources around the region, particularly HAZMAT," he said.

Superintendent Cooper added that the Carthage Street fire station would remain as retained crews only, while the West Tamworth station will be decommissioned as crews moved into the new facility.

"This will give FRNSW a really good base to work for in regional NSW," he said.

"It is also going to double-up as a headquarters for New England.

"We will also have a training section here, and we can accommodate and feed them [across the road] so it is good for the economy and it is good for the community."

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said construction workers were pouring the floor for the crew quarters on Tuesday morning with the project well within its forecast for handover in less than six months.

“This is fantastic news for Tamworth’s firefighters, soon they will have a brand-new, state-of-the-art fire station to work from," he said.

“It’s a project that’s been a long time in the making so to see it rise out of the ground is very exciting.

“Not only for the staff of Fire & Rescue NSW, but also for the community of Tamworth."

Mr Anderson said the design of the station is to reduce the times of an emergency, so when someone rings triple-zero it is all about those response times.

“This side of Tamworth, over the years has been always changing, forever amazing. Because every day you drive around here there is always something happening," he said.

“We have a new clinic next door, numerous houses, brand new sporting facilities like the cycling velodrome and athletics track. A massive, multi-million dollar investment in the hockey centre that will make it one of the top six in the country and more work being carried out on the Equine Centre.

“It’s something that we need to be mindful of, wherever there is population growth is we need to provide the services. That’s why we’re upgrading the roads, schools, the hospital and our fire services,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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