Construction begins on emergency hub in the Hawkesbury

Construction has begun on a new $8 million Fire Control and Emergency Operations Centre in the Hawkesbury.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke, Member for Hawkesbury Robyn Preston and Rural Fire Service (RFS) members turned the first sod on the site.

“Communities in the Hawkesbury have been devastated by back-to-back fires and floods over recent years, which is why it has been earmarked for this state-of-the-art operations hub to help our emergency services better respond to hazards rapidly and effectively,” Ms Cooke said.

“We are investing $71 million in eight new Fire Control Centres in high fire risk areas across the State including Armidale, the Clarence Valley, Cooma, Hawkesbury, Moruya, Mudgee, Narrabri and Tumut.”

Ms Preston said the Centre will ensure emergency services organisations in the Hawkesbury have the infrastructure and resources they need to better protect communities from future emergencies, such as a fire or flood.

“Having a purpose-built and co-located Fire Control and Emergency Operations Centre will provide our local RFS staff and volunteers with the very best facilities for day-to-day operations, and ample room for additional personnel when major events occur,” Ms Preston said.

RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers said construction is expected to take two years and, once completed, the new facility will give RFS volunteers what they need to carry out their roles safely and effectively.

He added, “RFS members are dedicated to helping their communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once completed this centre will ensure members of the 23 Brigades in the Hawkesbury District have access to the latest technology and equipment to support emergency events, increase the level of safety and keep the community informed.”

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