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Firefighters move into new Nowra Station

Published: 24th July 2008

NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) Commissioner Greg Mullins today announced that Nowra's firefighters had moved into a new fire station in Norfolk Avenue, South Nowra, marking a positive step forward for firefighters and the community.

Firefighters were relocated from their Bridge Road premises to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Control Centre on Albatross Road last year during the remediation of the former gasworks site next door.

Commissioner Mullins said that the new site would accommodate both full-time and on-call (retained) firefighters.

"On Wednesday, firefighters from Nowra Fire Station started responding from their new fire station in Norfolk Avenue and have already attended a number of emergency calls from the new site.

"The site has undergone more than $100 000 worth of renovations to accommodate the firefighters and it features state-of-the-art satellite communications facilities which will continue to ensure reliable and efficient emergency responses to incidents in and around Nowra," Commissioner Mullins said.

The 2 530m2 site has been leased by the NSWFB for at least the next three years.

Commissioner Mullins also said that the NSWFB was looking to secure a second site north of the Norfolk Avenue property.

"We are close to finalising a lease for a second site, which will be a smaller supporting station, from which some of Nowra's on-call firefighters will respond to incidents, ensuring rapid response times to North Nowra and Bomaderry.

"In the meantime, retained firefighters will continue to respond to emergency calls from the RFS centre," he said.

Commissioner Mullins thanked both NSWFB and RFS firefighters for their cooperation and patience since NSWFB firefighters were relocated to the RFS Centre.

"The past few months have been an unsettling time for the firefighters from Nowra and I thank them for their support and patience while we searched for a new site. I'd also like to thank firefighters from the RFS Shoalhaven Control Centre for welcoming and accommodating the firefighters from Nowra Fire Station."

Commissioner Mullins said that a decision about the future of the old Nowra Fire Station site would be made once a remediation study of the site had been completed.