FIREFIGHTERS have a new place to call home after shifting into a state-of-the-art base in Barraba.
The new fire station carries a price tag of $852,000 and yesterday crews spent the day unpacking boxes of gear in the two-bay station.
Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Grant O’Regan said the new station was a major coup as the local brigade prepared for even more callouts.
“Barraba have been credited by the State Rescue Board, so they’re now the primary rescue agency for this region,” he said.
“So the new station has come just in time.
“There was an enormous amount of training involved in that and it’s a big achievement, a big step for the fire brigade.”
Twelve retained firefighters will be based out of the new station, which includes two truck bays, to allow for expansion down the track, as well as toilets and a locker room – something desperately wanted by the crew.
The older station in Maude St was built in the 1950s and was bursting at the seams.
“It was suitable for its day, but it outgrew itself,” Inspector O’Regan said.
“It’s very exciting for them. And to see what they have been putting up with before, it’s a credit to them.
“It’s well deserved.”
Inspector O’Regan said the brigade couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as they began setting up the new station yesterday afternoon.
The communication lines were installed and they were preparing to take any callouts last night. Fire and Rescue NSW is hoping the new station will entice even more locals to sign up for positions.
The brigade has vacancies open in Barraba and the call has gone out for interested residents to contact the station of the Tamworth zone office to sign up.
But all the fanfare of the new home will be saved for the official opening, which has been set down for the end of November.