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Major boost for firefighting

Matt Kean MP inspect new RFS building in Cowan
03 August 2017

TWO new NSW Rural Fire Service stations at Berowra and Cowan are on schedule to be built by the end of the year.

Work to build a new station in Berowra is costing Hornsby Council $1.3 million, while the new building for the Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai RFS Support Brigade in Cowan, is a partnership between Hornsby Council and the NSW RFS.

Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell toured the sites with NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and Hornsby state Liberal MP Matt Kean recently.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the RFS appreciated Hornsby Council’s support and the “boost it gives to our firefighting efforts”.

“Both stations are a significant improvement on those that currently exist for the Berowra and Hornsby Support Brigades,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“At Berowra we will now be able to accommodate three trucks at the same time, while the new location offers much better access to the freeway.

“The Support Brigade will now have a permanent building, where previously the local RFS Brigade was using demountables.”

Hornsby Mayor Cr Russell said the work demonstrated the “strength of the relationship between council and the RFS”. “We see the excellent work these brave volunteers do each summer protecting our property, so it’s only fitting that we all pitch in to make sure they have everything they need to do the job properly,” Cr Russell said.

‘‘We see the excellent work these brave volunteers do ... so it’s only fitting that we all pitch in" said Mayor Steve Russell.

By Nigel Gladstone, Hornsby Advocate