Manly Fire Station Celebrates its 100th birthday with a $2.9M Heritage Facelift
Manly residents are set to benefit from a $2.9 million Fire Station upgrade as the newly renovated facility reopens, marking 100 years of keeping the community safe.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott was joined by Member for Manly, James Griffin and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter to unveil the refurbished Manly Fire Station at a 100th anniversary ceremony today.
The Manly fire station has received extensive heritage and facility upgrades and incorporates improved training facilities to meet the needs of a modern fire service.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said Manly Fire Station’s 100-year celebration represented an important milestone for the community with the upgrades serving as a fitting birthday present.
“For the past 100 years, firefighters have responded from their Manly Fire Station to major incidents ranging from industrial and residential fires to floods, storms and serious road accidents.”
“This $2.9 million investment from NSW Government into the station upgrade will provide better emergency response coverage for Manly and surrounding communities now and into the future.”
Member for Manly, James Griffin, said the facelift would enhance the ability of firefighters to respond to fires and other emergencies.
“Our firefighters need to be well-resourced and equipped to protect the community from bush fires, motor vehicle crashes, structure fires and other emergencies,” Mr Griffin said.
Commissioner Baxter said the much-needed upgrades will boost firefighters’ ability to continue to protect the local community.
“This milestone is an opportunity to thank all of the firefighters, past and present, who have served the Manly community over the years,” Commissioner Baxter said.
“The new design features designated work and living areas, a new training room, separate male and female amenities, improved recreation spaces and heritage works to restore this historically significant asset for both FRNSW and the community,” he said.
At the centenary celebrations, Commissioner Baxter also presented Station Officer, David Ford, with the second clasp to his National Medal, acknowledging his 35 years of service to the community.
Manly firefighters received nearly 1,400 requests to assist the community and performed over 900 community safety activities during the 2020/21 financial year.