Work is set to commence on the new $2 million South West Rocks fire station with the first sod turned today to mark the beginning of construction.

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, was joined by Fire and Rescue NSW Regional North Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Gary McKinnon, today to mark the development.

The new facility will replace the old station on Sturt Street.

“The NSW Government is absolutely committed to providing our firefighters with the best possible facilities and equipment so they can get on with the job they do best – protecting the irreplaceable,” Ms Pavey said.

“I’m so pleased to mark this important milestone, and kick-off the development of this crucial resource for both the officers it will house, and the community they will continue to serve.”

Due to be completed in March 2019, the new retained fire station will include a double engine bay, improved training facilities, fitness room and separate male/female amenities.

Chief Superintendent McKinnon said the station’s modern facilities would boost FRNSW firefighters’ ability to protect the local community.

“Currently our crews respond to a wide variety of emergency situations and often attend rescue incidents on the Pacific Highway and vertical rescues along the nearby coastline,” Chief Supt McKinnon said.

“The new station will ensure we meet the growing needs of the local community and continue to provide the best possible service to the people of South West Rocks and surrounds.”

In 2017/18, South West Rocks Fire Station responded to more than 70 fire and emergency calls, and took part in a range of activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety.