Site for New Cessnock Fire Station Purchased

OPEN DAY: Cessnock Fire Brigade captain Brett Plumb, station commander Neil Lawler and firefighters Aimie Cronin, Andrew Webber, Ben Hunter and Steve Hedger (in the truck)are looking forward to the Fire and Rescue NSW Open Day on May 21. Picture: KRYSTAL SELLARS
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State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr announced that a much-needed new fire station for Cessnock is one step closer with Fire and Rescue NSW confirming the purchase of a site at 7-11 Cessnock Street, Cessnock.

The current station in Edward Street Cessnock has served the community for over 100 years. The new purpose-built setup will better accommodate the vehicles and equipment used in modern firefighting.

Clayton Barr said “I have lobbied previous governments for a long-term solution for Cessnock Fire Station. The fire trucks these days, barely fit through the doors of the current station. The original station was not built to house the large trucks and the equipment used to fight fires today.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) have confirmed construction is targeted to begin in April-June 2024, with the new station expected to be operational by early 2025.
Minister for Emergency Services, Jihad Dib said:
“The construction of a new fire station at Cessnock is great news for local Fire and Rescue staff and the Cessnock community.”

“The new and improved modern facility will provide a practical hub from which our first responders can help and serve the local community.”
State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr said:
“The purchase of land is a positive step forward; I am excited to see the development of the fire station which will be of great benefit for the entire community.”

“The new fire station is a much-needed addition to the area, it will provide Fire and Rescue staff with a safe, sustainable and purpose-built facility which can better serve the people of Cessnock and surrounding areas.”
Fire and Rescue NSW spokesperson:
“Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is currently developing detailed designs for a new state-of-the-art fire station at Cessnock.”

Once completed the new station will deliver a range of benefits, including:

  • A purpose-built setup which better accommodates vehicles, equipment and staff
  • Equitable amenities to reflect FRNSW’s diversifying workforce
  • Dedicated ‘Clean Firefighter’ zones to reduce potential contamination exposure
  • A more energy sustainable and environmentally friendly building.”