Water tanks installed to assist fire fighting in rural locations

Dooralong Reserve Trust's Ms Carolyn McNamee, Council's Ms Bileen Nel, Dooralong RFS captain Mr John Gardener and Mayor Jane Smith at Dooralong Water Tanks

Central Coast Council has installed water tanks in strategic rural locations across the region to help better serve the community during the fire season.
Council Director, Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling, said that the installation of the water tanks would reduce turnaround times for fire trucks during an emergency.
“Council is working closely with the Rural Fire Service to identify high-risk locations without access to the town water supply so that we can help better serve these communities during an emergency,” said Mr Dowling.
“Residents in Dooralong and Holgate can now be confident that the local Rural Fire Brigades have better access to water for firefighting purposes, with two 35,000 litre tanks in operation in both of these communities.
“We often take for granted access to water during emergencies, however for the firefighters in these communities, it can take more than 30 minutes to leave a fire, refill, and return, before continuing the fight.
“These tanks provide enough water for 23 firefighting tanker loads of water, and will reduce the turnaround time significantly.”
Council will also be commissioning water tanks at Mount Elliot and the northern end of Holgate before the end of the season.
Planning for a further two tanks at Durren Durren is also underway.
The local RFS brigades will ensure the tanks are ready for action each season.
Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, said the installation of the water tanks is a great example of Council collaborating with the community for a great outcome.
“Council has worked with the Bush Fire Committee and the Rural Fire Service to identify the high-risk locations where these tanks can be installed,” Mayor Smith said.
“In the case of the newest tanks at Dooralong, we were very fortunate to work with the Dooralong Reserve Trust and have the tanks located on their land,” Mayor Smith said.

Media release, Dec 7
Central Coast Council Media