NSW SES and VRA training centre officially opened

Last updated: 26 Jul 2019

A new joint $2.3m NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) Unit was officially opened at the Dubbo City Regional Airport in Dubbo today.

The state-of-the-art facility was officially opened by the Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services the Hon. David Elliott, NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart and State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders MP.

The exciting new Unit and will be the home to two (2) critical emergency service organisations within the Dubbo region.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said the facility aims to improve efficiencies and collaboration of the two agencies who work closely together.

“These organisations both work to keep our community safe and this centre will allow them to train and work together which will ultimately benefit the whole community in times of need,” said Clr Shields.

The new facility, funded by the NSW State Government, includes a 888m2 shed to accommodate emergency vehicles as well as a workshop and storage area. There is also an office building containing separate offices for the NSW SES and VRA as well as amenities, kitchen, all-inclusive training rooms and a dedicated car parking area.

“Volunteers from the NSW SES Dubbo City Unit work hard to save lives and protect their community,” said NSW SES Western Zone Commander David Monk. “This building will provide them with a secure base from which to train, to coordinate operations and for the storage of vital equipment.”

This project was originally developed from a submission to the Minister for Emergency Services from 2012 requesting a new headquarters for the NSW SES. The relocation of the two organisations to the Airport further supports the emergency services precinct that currently exists with the Rural Fire Service State Mitigation Service, Orana Fire Control, The New Rural Fire Services Training Academy and The Royal Flying Doctors Service located adjacent to this development.

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