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Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins officially opened the doors of a new $1 million fire station at Terrigal on Wednesday, June 11.
Commissioner Mullins said the old fire station was bulldozed almost nine months ago to make way for a modern, better equipped station. “It was my great pleasure to be at Terrigal today to celebrate this million dollar investment in fire fighting resources,” Commissioner Mullins said. “The new station will provide a bigger and better base for the 16 fire-fighters who protect Terrigal and surrounding communities from fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies.
” Commissioner Mullins said the new, purpose built fire station included a twin engine bay, separate facilities for male and female fire-fighters, a large training room with kitchen facilities, an operations room and an office. “The new station is an investment that reflects the growing responsibilities fire-fighters have in Terrigal and its surrounding suburbs,” Commissioner Mullins said.
“The Central Coast is one of the most rapidly expanding population centres in NSW and the retained fire-fighters here protect major hotels and shopping centres, nursing homes, schools and homes,” he said. In the last financial year, Terrigal fire-fighters responded to more than 420 fires and other emergencies and completed almost 30 community safety and engagement activities.
Mr Mullins said the first brigade was formed in Terrigal in 1947, and was housed at Fenwick’s Garage on the Esplanade, a property owned by the Captain, W Fenwick. “In those days a bell was rung to call in volunteers when there was a fire,” Mr Mullins said. “The bell was replaced by a siren in 1953, but fire-fighters saved it and the original station bell has been restored and mounted at the front of the new station,” he said.
11 Jun 2014
Fire and Rescue NSW