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October - December 2005

Commissioner to present tankers and station to Liverpool Plains volunteers

Posted: 07/12/2005
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Phil Koperberg will thank RFS volunteers from Liverpool Plains this Saturday (10 December) for their dedication during a ceremony to present tankers to three brigades and open Braefield Drury Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) station.

The ceremony will be held at Liverpool Plains Shire Council at 10am.

 “RFS volunteers are the backbone of emergency services in NSW,” Commissioner Koperberg said.

“They are highly committed, giving up hundreds of hours to train and respond to fires, motor vehicle accidents, and assist with search and rescue events and flood and storm relief.

“Their hard work is very much appreciated by the RFS and the people of NSW.”

Tankers will be officially handed over to Spring Ridge, Willow Tree and Wallabadah Rural Fire Brigades.  The new tankers are a significant resource for the communities these brigades serve.

Spring Ridge’s new Category 7 tanker replaces a 14-year-old vehicle and will assist the brigade to protect new areas of park land.

Willow Tree’s new Category 2 tanker replaces a 13-year-old vehicle and the new Category 1 tanker for Wallabadah replaces a 21-year-old tanker.

These tankers give both brigades a better response capability for the high number of motor vehicle accidents they attend on the New England Highway.

Thomas Judson of Braefield Drury RFB will be presented with a 50 year Long Service Award, to recognise his commitment to the RFS.

The new Braefield Drury station cost about $33,000 using State Government, Council and brigade funds. Volunteer brigade members were pivotal in the development and construction of the station.

Media are welcome to attend.
Date:   10am, Saturday 10 December 2005
Venue:  Liverpool Plains Shire Council, 60 Station St Quirindi
Media contact: Supt. Steve Raymond 6747 1493

RFS 24 hour Duty Media Officer (02) 98981855

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