Cessnock City Council advocates for Weston Fire Station to stay operational.
The station has been earmarked for closure by Fire and Rescue NSW for a variety of reasons including staffing numbers, ageing facilities and the proximity of Abermain and Kurri Kurri Brigades.
Council want more to be done to ensure this important community service is not lost.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said our community deserves the best fire and emergency services protection available and for the Weston community this means keeping the local station open.
Council is writing to the NSW Government to ask them to support the Weston Fire Station remaining open pending an investigation into suitable options to enhance the attractiveness of being a retained fire fighter.”
We understand the issues being experienced in relation to recruiting retained fire fighters. There needs to be some consideration given to how we can encourage more community members to join local brigades.”
Council is also seeking a written commitment from the NSW Government that if Weston Fire Station is to be closed, the building and infrastructure on site be transferred to Council to be used as a community asset.