Fire stations of the world: New Oran Park Fire Station to guard Sydney's south west, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney’s newest fire station at Oran Park is now fully operational with the $6,1 million facility significantly enhancing emergency response capability in the south west growth corridor in New South Wales, Australia. At the opening on 27 February 2023, Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke joined Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves, Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies, Camden Mayor Therese Fedeli and Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter today to officially open the new station. “This state-of-the-art station will have a permanent crew of fire fighters operating 24 hours a day to protect the people of one of the fastest growing regions of our State,” Ms Cooke said.
“It includes separate amenities and rest areas for both female and male fire fighters, designated ‘clean fire fighter’ areas to eliminate carcinogen contamination, training areas and fitness facilities. It also has two fire fighting appliances with specialised hazmat capability, which are able to respond to dangerous chemical, biological or other toxic incidents.”
Mr Sidgreaves said Oran Park Fire Station has been strategically positioned to protect growing communities. “This new station is going to stand communities of the south west in good stead for years to come, joining Fire and Rescue NSW stations at Narellan and Camden to provide a strong network of protection,” Mr Sidgreaves said.
“We’ll also see the addition of 32 permanent fire fighting jobs which will be a huge boost to our local economy and I’m thankful that despite the pandemic and wet weather impacts, we now have a fantastic facility to make our community safer and stronger.”
Commissioner Baxter said the station’s engine bay caters for a hazmat fire pumper as well as a heavy Hazmat appliance. “The inclusion of major hazmat capability here provides an added layer of protection for the people of south west Sydney,” Commissioner Baxter said.
“The layout includes environmentally-friendly measures including a solar-power array, LED lighting and it was designed to face the north-west to lower the total cooling load on its air conditioning system. I’m certainly impressed seeing this project come to life and it will provide fire fighters with a station they can be proud of for decades to come.”
“We’re committed to minimising our impact on the environment and reducing our carbon footprint, so this new station is also equipped with: - solar power, skylights and motion detected LED lighting - an efficient gas hot water supply - sun screening to reduce power consumption - wind turbine natural ventilation and - even a washing line.
Oran Park Fire Station and its facilities will provide the best and safest environment for our people to work and also ensure we can keep the community safe and continue to meet their evolving needs for many years to come.
Sources: New South Wales Government, Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, Museum of Fire
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