A new fire station for South Warrandyte was officially opened by Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today.
With improved facilities and more space, the South Warrandyte Fire Brigade is well equipped to continue keeping this community safe.
The new $6.8m building is staffed 24 hours a day and will help the brigade deal with increased demand.
The custom-designed building includes three drive-through bays for trucks, an area for protective equipment, training space, meetings rooms and living quarters for up to six full time staff.
The integrated station now has a rotation of 40 volunteer and career firefighters working side by side to cover a larger patch including South Warrandyte, Park Orchards, North Ringwood, Warranwood and Donvale.
The new site provides better access to these areas, with Falconer Road part of the designated North East Arterial Route giving firefighters a direct route to the Greater Warrandyte area.
Over a 60-year history, South Warrandyte Fire Brigade has played an active role in major incidents in Victoria including Ash Wednesday and the Hazelwood mine fire.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino
“Our firefighters do an amazing job keeping our communities safe and we need to provide the right facilities to allow them to keep doing that.”
“A 24/7 service and more firefighters will help meet increased demand of our growing outers suburbs, while bigger and better facilities ensures the brigade is well equipped for the future.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane
“I am proud to see this work completed. This new fire station is an asset for our local community and the hard working firefighters who keep us all safe.”