Settling in to their new home

By Cognitives Editor

New state of the art technology is now used in the day-to-day fire protection of the district, at the Rural Fire Service’s new Deniliquin fire control centre.

Staffed by the Mid-Murray Zone, the purpose built facility is located at the Deniliquin Airport.

An official opening and open days, to allow the public to view the facility, will be held later in the year.

Zone manager Superintendent Tony Whitehorn said the $5 million facility was jointly funded by Edward River Council and the NSW Government.

‘‘We have a purpose built facility that will last us well into the future, but is also able to cover all hazards as an emergency management facility rather than just a fire control centre,’’ Supt Whitehorn said.

‘‘What this gives us is the capability to effectively manage all emergencies within the zone, whether that is bush fire, flooding or anything else. A control agency can come into this facility and manage it.

‘‘It is a far better facility than what we came from so is an improved amenity for the staff to work in and we should be able to continue to provide a high level of service to our volunteers.’’

The former zone office in Duncan St, Deniliquin, was rented from the Deniliquin RSL Club.

‘‘Compared to the old building, we have a greater IT capability here, a bigger area for our incident management teams and better communication systems,’’ he said.

‘‘We now have an administrative section of the building for carrying out the day to day operations and administration of the zone. We have a vehicle shed and equipment shed.

‘‘We have a couple of large training rooms that double as an emergency operational centre when required, we have a spacious operation cell at the back of the building for running large operations and a maintenance centre out.

‘‘We also have a works assessment officer starting in the next few weeks, which is a new job to Deniliquin, and we still have the possibility that there will be a mitigation crew working out of here in the future.’’

Project contractor was Deniliquin company Decentralised Demountables, with the majority of materials sourced locally.

‘‘Decentralised Demountables and Edward River Council have done a great job in delivering this facility. It is a high quality build,’’ Supt Whitehorn said.

An official opening is expected later in the year, with open days for the public to inspect the new facility.