Arson attack forces Moorbel rural firies to relocate to Canowindra


Insurance assessors have written off and removed two tankers that were destroyed in a suspicious fire at a Central West Rural Fire Service headquarters.

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Brett Bowden from the Canobolas R-F-S says the insurance representatives went to Moorbel near Canowindra on Tuesday to pick up the appliances that were destroyed in June.

Mr Bowden says they'll be replaced with new ones and cost about $600,000.

"They're not an off the shelf item so they'll have to be built from scratch at one of the contracted builders that the Rural Fire Service does use," he said.

"But we're quite hopeful that Moorbel will get bumped to the top of the queue, so to speak.

"So we're hopeful that probably in the next six months or so we should see new tankers in place being delivered for Moorbel brigade.'

The Moorbel rural fire service station is expected to be rebuilt within the next 12 months.

Mr Bowden says the brigade will move to temporary accomodation in Canowindra by the end of this week while the station is rebuilt.

"The station is an asset of Cabonne Council and insured through their insurer," he said.

"A claim is with that insurer now and we expect that we'll be writing that particular facility off and rebuilding hopefully on the same footprint within the next 12 months.'