News / Community / Featured / 7th October 2021
There’s no place like home
After 14 weeks of crashing at the NSW Rural Fire Service’s headquarters in Coonabarabran, the town’s paramedics are back in their fresh new digs following a much- needed renovation of the Coonabarabran Ambulance Station, located on the corner of Cassilis and Cowper Streets.
The building was first open in 1953 and station manager, David Hunter said it had, for the most part, been left largely untouched during that time.
“I’ve been based here since 2010 and became the manager in 2016,” Mr Hunter said.
“And since 2016 I’ve been pushing for these improvements.
“In 2017 we were given a new roof because it was leaking in spots, and this work is a follow on from that.”
As part of the extensive work, asbestos was cleared from the ageing building, while a fresh lick of paint was applied along with the installation of new flooring and finishings and renovations to the bathrooms.
Mr Hunter said the changes had made a real difference.
“It was more about aesthetics and making the place safe by getting rid of the asbestos,” he said.
““It used to be a real dreary, yellow colour, but it’s fantastic to walk into now - it’s white and bright and a bit of a moralle boost."
Mr Hunter said it was great to be back home and thanked the RFS for providing their space while the work was conducted.
Also included in the upgrades were more data lines and power points, while quarters for visiting paramedics were also refurbished.
“The previous quarters weren’t terrible, but it wasn’t good either,” Mr Hunter said.
“Now it feels a little more comfortable and homey for those who visit and need somewhere to stay.”
Mr Hunter said other ambulance stations in the region could be next in line for an overhaul, naming Gilgandra and Baradine as possibilities in the near future.