A multi-million dollar investment will revamp the 88-year-old Wentworthville Fire Station and expand its response to fires and other emergencies in Western Sydney.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the $6 million investment would replace the existing facility built in 1934.
“The current building at the intersection of Garfield and Pritchard Streets will be demolished to make way for its state-of-the-art replacement featuring an additional engine bay, separate amenities for male and female firefighters and larger administration and training spaces,” Ms Cooke said.
Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor said the NSW Government is investing in infrastructure and services to match the significant growth and development across Western Sydney.
“This redevelopment project will ensure our firefighters have the best possible facilities to tackle their growing workload, with tens of thousands of residents in Wentworthville and surrounding suburbs,” Mr Taylor said.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter said the station responds to around 1,250 incidents each year from Wentworthville and the neighbouring suburbs of Greystanes, Pendle Hill and Westmead.
“Many of the areas it services have recently been identified as having a heightened fire risk because of its socio-economic make-up, higher-density living arrangements and large industrial presence. A bigger and better fire station will ultimately make these communities safer,” Commissioner Baxter said.
FRNSW will undertake planning and detailed design work in 2022-23, ahead of the demolition and construction work beginning next financial year.
The redevelopment of Wentworthville Fire Station forms part of a $862 million 2022-23 NSW Budget investment in FRNSW which includes new and upgraded fire stations, construction of female amenities at fire stations, health and safety improvements for firefighters and 16 new bush fire water tankers.