Lismore Fire Station Gets $364,000 Boost

Published: 23rd November 2010

Emergency Services Minister, Steve Whan, today announced the delivery of a new $364,000 fire engine to firefighters at Lismore Fire Station to enhance the local community's fire and emergency protection.

"The State Government is continuing to provide our firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work protecting NSW families," Mr Whan said.

"This is the second new fire engine to be delivered to Lismore Fire station this year, and is part of the largest roll-out of new and upgraded fire engines in the Fire Brigades' history.

"The Government's record $972 million 2010/11 emergency services budget included $637 million for the NSWFB, providing $18 million to continue updating its fleet with more than 35 new fire engines and specialised vehicles."

The fire engine features a high pressure pump capable of delivering 3,000 litres of water a minute for fire fighting and incorporates a foam system for fighting chemical, petrol and bush fires and reducing water use.

The new vehicle has a larger cabin to make it more comfortable for firefighters, an automated manual transmission, and reversing camera for increased safety. It also meets all the latest emissions standards.

NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins said the new fire engine would further enhance Lismore Fire Station's response capability to fires and other emergencies across the district.

"The 36 firefighters stationed at Lismore responded to 640 fire and emergency calls in 2009/10 and were also actively involved in educating the local community about fire safety, carrying out more than 200 community safety activities.

"Fleet upgrades such as this ensure that our firefighters have the best equipment and the latest technology to ensure the safety and protection of local communities."