Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett officially opened the state’s biggest CFA fire station in Dandenong today.
The new $13 million multi-purpose station will be home to more than 90 firefighters set to protect communities in Greater Dandenong and surrounding areas.
The Dandenong CFA is also the busiest brigade in the state with more than 2,300 call outs each year.
The new station, which replaces a 30-year-old site, features:
- Six fire truck parking spaces
- Outdoor training areas, including a tower specifically designed for aerial appliance and rope rescue training
- Dedicated road accident rescue training
- Dormitory, amenity, training and storage areas for 16 staff at any one time
- Signalised direct access to Princess Hwy, allowing easier access to Eastlink and improved response times to North and South Dandenong.
The Dandenong Fire Brigade is also part of the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program, where it assists Ambulance Victoria with critical medical cases in the Dandenong area.
The brigade also houses the busiest road-accident rescue truck in Victoria.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing of $78 million to recruit more firefighters, provide more support to emergency services and keep local communities safe across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett
“Firefighters in Dandenong and across Victoria go above and beyond in protecting our lives and property. We’re making sure they have the tools they need before the summer fire season arrives.”
“Having the best facilities will keep our communities safe, and help prevent our firefighters being harmed while they protect us all.”
“It’s clear the bushfire season is upon us. It will be a long, hot and dangerous season for everyone – people need to prepare now.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020