Sutherland Shire emergency services receive new vehicles and boat

Sutherland Shire emergency services have received valuable new resources for use in residential areas, bushland and on the water.

The additions include:

  • $750,000 pumper for Fire and Rescue Sutherland.
  • CAT 1 tanker for Maianbar Rural Fire Service.
  • $145,000 Bowloader Punt for Sutherland Shire State Emergency Service.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, with Heathcote MP Lee Evans, visited the brigades for official handovers.

The new pumper at Sutherland station supplies up to 4000 litres of water a minute.

A Compressed Air Foam (CAF) system enables it to be used on chemical, petrol and bush fires.

The vehicle is fitted with a GPS navigation unit and an electronic message board on the back to warn motorists of emergency operations.

It is part of Fire and Rescue NSW's annual replacement program of up to 40 vehicles each year, at a cost of $17 million.

Mr Elliot also announced two paid positions would be created in the shire as part of a $10.7 million investment to fast track the State's hazard reduction program.

Mr Elliott said despite the 19-20 'Black Summer' bushfires burning more than five million hectares of land, there was still more to be done to prepare for the season ahead.

"The $10.7 million for hazard reduction will create an additional 100 jobs, forming 25 crews from Albury to Armidale which will support and supplement volunteers and fast track hazard reduction," he said.

"We are also investing $34.4 million investment in the RFS fleet to help expedite essential upgrades and the rollout of new vehicles to brigades who need them most, delivering 120 new and 70 refurbished trucks by then end of next financial year (2020-21)."