Tathra fire brigade to install digital sign

An artist's impression of how the new LED sign will look outside Tathra Fire Station.

An artist's impression of how the new LED sign will look outside Tathra Fire Station.

MANY years in the planning, Tathra's volunteer Rural Fire Service brigade will be installing a LED sign at its station within weeks. 

Anthony Taylor, president of the brigade, said the sign had been made possible thanks to a grant from the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA). 

The grant, worth $4000, was one of many given to Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades across the Bega Valley this month. 

Tathra will now be able to install its LED sign, which will be used to display current fire danger ratings and community fire warnings. 

The LED sign, which will be encased in wall, has been designed by a structural engineer and Bega Valley Shire Council has issued a construction certificate following a successful development application. 

“It will be outside the station and close to the road, so people coming into Tathra from the Bega side will be able to see it,” Mr Taylor said.

“The idea is to display fire danger ratings during the bushfire season, but also information like fire permits and other things people ask us about all the time.

“In the event of a Catastrophic danger rating it would tell people at a glance where they should go for emergency shelter and other important information. 

“Since the new station was opened in 2011, it’s been our intention to continually improve the building and grounds so we are pleased the RFSA grant has allowed us to do this,” he said.

Mr Taylor said sign will automatically dull at night time, so as to not blind motorists or affect neighbours.

The brigade also hopes to utilise the sign to support other services organisations where possible outside bushfire season.  

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