The slopes of Thredbo will soon see two new Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) skidoos in action helping to boost fire fighting and rescue capability in the alpine region.
The $15,500 equipment, delivered as part of the 2012-13 State Budget, will replace the older skidoos at Thredbo Fire Station.
The new skidoos will enable firefighters to move around easily and undertake operational activities across the alpine region.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher said the Skidoos provide another option for FRNSW in the alpine areas of NSW.
“These new skidoos will provide fire, rescue and HAZMAT services from fire stations at Perisher Valley, Thredbo and Jindabyne," Mr Gallacher said.
“This is another asset to assist fire fighters skills and experience across a range of operations.”
Monaro MP John Barilaro welcomed the new skidoos.
“Firefighters in the alpine region often have to work in very trying conditions as well as difficult landscapes. These skidoos will provide an effective and quick way to move around," Mr Barilaro.
“I have no doubt these new skidoos will serve both NSW Firefighters and the community well.”
FRNSW Chief Superintendent Ken Murphy said the skidoos would be an important asset, particularly in the winter months.
“Over the past few weeks we have seen some severe weather and heavy snow falls impact the alpine region.
“This has served as a reminder for people holidaying in these areas to be aware of their own fire safety, and to use common sense when visiting this sometimes treacherous environment,” Mr Murphy said.