Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today officially opened the new $4.3 million Altona Fire Station, as Victorians prepare for a long, hot and dry summer.
The new MFB facility was opened on the final day of Fire Action Week and will help keep the community safe this fire season.
The state-of-the-art station is four times larger than the previous facility and features:
- a drill yard where firefighters can complete training exercises
- more than 2400 square metres of floor space
- sustainable design features such as energy-efficient lighting and rainwater collection systems
- a gym, study areas, bedrooms and a commercial kitchen
Altona Fire Station attends more than 500 calls every year, almost double compared to 15 years ago.
Altona firefighters also attended 141 Emergency Medical Response calls in 2014, supporting Ambulance Victoria with lifesaving early intervention and medical assistance with defibrillators.
The opening marks the end of Fire Action Week, which is Victoria’s annual fire planning week.
The Andrews Labor Government brought forward the week this year to ensure all Victorians had time to prepare for a potentially severe fire season.
For those living near bush or grassland leaving early is the safest option on a high-risk fire day.
For help understanding your risk and how to get prepared for summer, visit , download the FireReady app or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett
“The new Altona Fire Station is a state-of-the art facility that will allow brigade members to continue protecting the community for many years to come.”
“It is important this station is up and running in time for summer, particularly with predictions of a long, hot and dry fire season ahead.”
“Residents living near grassland, parks and reserves need to start preparing themselves and their families now.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy
"Our local community knows how important emergency services are in Melbourne's West. These terrific new facilities will help support those who keep our local community safe."
Reviewed 19 August 2020