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COOMA FIREFIGHTERS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF SERVICE
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM today joined firefighters and community representatives to celebrate Cooma Fire Station’s centenary of service to the local community.
Unveiling a plaque at Cooma Fire Station, Mr Barilaro said the event was a great opportunity to thank past and present firefighters for their service to the community.
“For 100 years, Cooma firefighters have responded to all manner of emergencies, putting their lives on the line to protect people, property and the environment,” Mr Barilaro said.
“In the past financial year Cooma Fire Station responded to 199 emergency incidents, from bush and building fires, to road accidents and hazardous materials incidents.
“The station and its firefighters have done this community proud and will continue to do so well into the future.”
Cooma Fire Brigade was established in 1918, after the community called for a dedicated fire service.
Firefighters occupied temporary premises while a purpose-built fire station was constructed in Commissioner Street. A new fire station on Massie Street opened in May 1975 and is still used by firefighters today.
“Cooma has a long history of devastating fires and a legacy of proud service from local firefighters,” Deputy Commissioner Hamilton said.
“A lot has changed in the fire service over the past 100 years. Today, the 18 retained firefighters stationed at Cooma have modern firefighting vehicles and protective equipment to ensure the safety of themselves and the local community.
“One thing that hasn’t changed is the courage and commitment shown by our firefighters. We are incredibly proud of them all.”