Last week’s visit by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was a celebratory one for local Rural Fire Service brigades as well as for the shire’s water supplies.
Before the day’s main announcement of $25million for filtration systems on two major drinking water supplies in the shire, Cobargo and Wolumla RFS brigades were “officially” handed the keys to a new Category-9 fire truck each.
The two all-terrain quick response tankers – together worth almost $240,000 – have been in action for several months already, and were particularly useful in fighting the recent Yankees Gap bushfire, RFS South Coast superintendent John Cullen said.
“The NSW government is absolutely committed to providing our emergency services with the essential tools and resources they need to do what they do best – support and protect our local communities,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Mr Constance said both the Cobargo and Wolumla brigades are very active units, and are often dispatched to bush, grass, and structure fires as well as motor vehicle accidents, so these new trucks will prove invaluable.
“While both brigades’ previous resources served them well, I am confident these new state-of-the-art vehicles will prove even better as we move into what is expected to be a very challenging bush fire season,” Mr Constance said. “I would like to thank the Cobargo and Wolumla brigades, along with every volunteer in the Far South Coast District for their dedicated service to and for the local community.”