New $310,000 fire engine boosts protection for Yenda

Published: 12th November 2007

On Saturday 10 November, 50 years after a volunteer fire brigade was first established in Yenda and its first fire engine arrived, a new fire engine worth $310,000 was delivered to Yenda Fire Station significantly boosting the local area's emergency protection.

The Mayor of Griffith City Council, Councillor Dino Zappacosta, officially handed over the new fire engine to Captain Ken Brasington.

NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) Superintendent Gary Galwey, Zone Commander for the Riverina, said that the new fire engine would enhance the effectiveness of the local fire crews' response to emergencies.

"This fire engine is a major investment in the safety of the Yenda and neighbouring communities and is part of the largest roll-out of new and upgraded fire engines in NSWFB history.

"The new engine incorporates the latest in firefighting equipment and technology, including a high-pressure pump that supplies up to 3,000 litres of water per minute for firefighting operations, and a foam system to assist in extinguishing chemical, petrol and bush fires," he said.

Captain Brasington said the arrival of the new fire engine, which was designed to respond to emergencies in NSW, was significant for the local firefighters and the community alike.

"Yenda Fire Station responds to approximately 40 calls every year and assists neighbouring stations at incidents as required.  Firefighters go to a variety of incidents ranging from building and bush fires to rescue calls, hazardous material incidents and storm recovery.

"The firefighters are now even better equipped to protect their community, and the residents and businesses can feel even more confident that they are in safe hands," he said.