RFS veterans thanked at station openings

Two new Narrabri Shire stations opened and volunteers awarded

Some of the 31 long service medal award recipients present on Tuesday with RFS visitors, from left, Amanda Brown, (Deep Creek, 13 years service), Tim Baxter (Narrabri, 11 years) Rob Hallett, (Turrawan, 43 years), Greg Cassidy (Narrabri, 13 years), Assistant Commissioner Rebel Talbert, Alex Fawcett (Brooklyn, 36 years), Keith Thomson, Brooklyn, 55 years), Mayor Cathy Redding, RFS regional manager Brett Condie, Grafton, and Ray Stanford (Turrawan 33 years).

A new $718,000 Rural Fire Service station has been officially opened at Narrabri Airport to service the growing local population and be a base for the Namoi-Gwydir Brigade aviation section.
The new station will be home to the Deep Creek brigade and has been located at the airport to be in proximity to RFS water tanks and water bomber operations in bushfire season.
The new facility, opened by NSW RFS assistant commissioner Rebel Talbert, includes three vehicle bays, offices, meeting room, kitchen and other amenities.
Previously, RFS vehicles and equipment had been stored at volunteers’ properties.
Assistant Commissioner Talbert had earlier opened the new $59,000 Upper Maules Creek RFS station.