Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall with NSW Rural Fire Service Yetman Brigade members Ben Potter, Kelvin Leeson and Shane Taylor.
THE State Government has allocated more than $180,000 to the Yetman Rural Fire Service (RFS) Brigade to replace its old fire truck, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said today.
Mr Marshall met with brigade members in Yetman late last week to give them the good news and talk to the brigade about its operations in the region.
“I’m pleased to say a new Cat7 fire tanker will be delivered to the brigade within the next few months,” Mr Marshall said. “They are an impressive fire fighting vehicle with every modern protection for the volunteers on the fire ground.
“The arrival of the new tanker will be a huge boost for the dedicated RFS members of this isolated community, who not only answer the call in fire emergencies, but also attend many motor vehicles accidents along Bruxner Way.
“The RFS brigade has an excellent working relationship with the Yetman State Emergency Service (SES) Unit and some locals are members of both organisations.”
Mr Marshall said he was impressed that in such a small community the RFS has 30 brigade members, 12 of whom are active.
“Typical of many of our small rural communities, when there’s an emergency situation, everyone gets involved to help out,” he said.
Mr Marshall also inspected the Yetman SES shed which stands alongside the RFS base.
“It’s a gathering point for locals as there are quite a few RFS volunteers who are members of the SES, it’s a great example of how partnerships work in small communities,” he said.
“The service has a proud history and our rural communities rely heavily on their services so I’m delighted to see their efforts are appreciated and government continues to upgrade the equipment.”