The Shoalhaven Heads Brigade is celebrating a $1.3 million upgrade with the opening of its extended station and receipt of a new firetruck.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, NSW RFS Acting Deputy Commissioner Jason Heffernan and Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley were at the official opening of the brigade's upgraded home, handed over a new fire truck and thanked volunteers.
"This refurbished station, located on Shoalhaven Heads Road, will continue to provide enhanced support to volunteers as well as the communities they protect," Mr Ward said.
"With the new facilities, it will further help members of the Shoalhaven Heads Brigade assist with vehicle housing, training and the fighting of fires locally."
Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said it was important communities continue to invest in local RFS stations.
"This is an increasingly popular area in the holiday season, this upgrade will help keep Shoalhaven Heads and surrounding communities safe into the future," she said
"It's fantastic to see how quickly the project has come together and I am sure the brigade are very happy to be returned to their home base prior to this year's fire season commencement,"
Acting Deputy Commissioner Jason Heffernan said NSW RFS is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment, infrastructure and resources they need.
"This improved facility provides our volunteers with the space to perform vital activities away from the fireground," Acting Deputy Commissioner Heffernan said.
"I congratulate them also on their fundraising efforts, providing $50,000 towards the cost of these upgrades.
"I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the Shoalhaven District."