A firefighter has shelved concerns that emergency services would not be able to adequately respond to unfolding situations in the city's future high-rise apartments.
Some residents have questioned, in Wagga City Council meetings, whether firefighters could respond to emergencies on high-leveled floors with the local equipment and resources available.
This comes as news that the 14-storey Riverside Apartments in Sturt Street has secured at least half-a-dozen buyers.
NSW Fire and Rescue Wagga zone commander Daryl Manson said firefighting equipment in regional stations is the same as those in major cities.
"The buildings in Sydney's CBD are obviously very high and our aerial appliances certainly don't go to the top of those," he said.
"Likewise, here in Wagga we do have an aerial appliance but we're already not capable of reaching the top of the tallest building [Wagga Base Hospital], but that's not the point - we don't need to.
"It's not so much about the aerial appliances we have, it's about what normal equipment we have which every fire station has: such as training, 24 hour fire stations and the time of responses."
Inspector Manson said aerial rescues are often the last resort and firefighting is conducted by relying on the provisions of the Building Codes of Australia.
"A high-rise residential apartment going up 14 floors, built out of concrete, would have two fire escapes which would be pressurised," he said.
"If there was a fire on the 12th floor, people could get out into the stairwells and have a suitable time to go down those stairs as the stairwells are pressurised with air, so no smoke would come into them for a minimum of two hours.
"Our crews actually enter via the ground floor, they get up via the fire escape and they set up their firefighting equipment on the ground below the fire ... hooking into the water supplies."
Inspector Manson said the new apartments will likely be the safest residential block in Wagga, following construction, due to all the requirements that must be followed.
"During the construction of these high-rise apartment is probably when they're at their most vulnerable," he said.
"We do regular inspections on site and once they get two levels out of the ground ... they have to provide water to the building for firefighting measures.
"It's probably one of the safest residential apartments in Wagga because it will be fully sprinklered, brand new, in line with the BCA, it will have hydrant water supply and at the top of the building it will also have its own tank of water supply ... to put its own fires out [if needed]."
Inspector Manson said many of the community's concerns are "probably valid, but certainly not in the firefighting field".