Official opening of Fire Station

Tanilba's four tankers. Photos courtesy of Ian Sherwood
Tanilba’s four tankers. Photos courtesy of Ian Sherwood

 

LONG time country and western singer Rob Sanderson from Salt Ash was so moved by the efforts of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) in saving his home that he wrote a song as a tribute to the Tilligerry firefighters.

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This he sang at the official opening of the new RFS station at Tanilba Bay to a rousing ovation from those present.

A large contingent from the RFS hierarchy attended the blue ribbon event along with many current and former firefighters.

The deputy commissioner spoke of the dedication of the unpaid volunteers and medals, clasps and certificates were presented.

The four truck station is the largest in the lower Hunter and some $1,000,000 was spent on its construction and associated roadworks.

Councillor Steve Tucker said that Port Stephens Council donated the land and financed the project with the understanding that the NSW State Government would pay the money back over a three year time frame.

“It is only fitting that our volunteers are given the best possible facilities,” he said.

“They put their lives on the line every year for the common good and they deserve the best,” he added.

The official plaque was unveiled by Deputy Commissioner Rogers representing the RFS and The Hon. Taylor Martin MLC representing the NSW State Government.

 
By Geoff WALKER

 

Captain George Brandenburg talking to the media.
Captain George Brandenburg talking to the media.

 

Invited guests.
Invited guests.

 

Rob Sanderson voices his musical tribute to the Tilligerry fireys. Photos courtesy of Ian Sherwood
Rob Sanderson voices his musical tribute to the Tilligerry fireys. Photos courtesy of Ian Sherwood

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