$2.45m CFA home ready by Dec

Seymour Telegraph - - KIDS SPEAK -

Broad­ford will have a new multi-mil­lion-dol­lar fire sta­tion by the end of the year as the town’s new emer­gency ser­vices hub takes shape.

The new CFA sta­tion on Hamil­ton St will re­place the cur­rent fire sta­tion as it no longer meets the needs of the Broad­ford Fire Bri­gade’s vol­un­teers.

The sta­tion will be colo­cated with an Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria sta­tion — Broad­ford’s first ever am­bu­lance sta­tion.

The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment funded the new $2.45 mil­lion CFA fa­cil­ity, which has a three-bay drive-through mo­tor room, turn-out ar­eas for the vol­un­teers, work­shop and a stand-alone shed, of­fice space and a train­ing yard.

‘‘It’s a priv­i­lege as an MP to rep­re­sent the town you live in. I made it my pri­or­ity to de­liver Broad­ford an emer­gency ser­vices hub with the CFA and Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria sta­tioned on the one site and I’m proud un­der La­bor we are get­ting it done,’’ Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said.

‘‘The Broad­ford Fire Bri­gade is a busy bri­gade with a very ac­tive and pas­sion­ate vol­un­teer mem­ber­ship, so it’s im­por­tant it has ac­cess to the best pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment.’’

The CFA sta­tion build is ex­pected to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber and the Am­bu­lance sta­tion should be ready by early next year.

‘‘This emer­gency ser­vices hub is ex­actly what Broad­ford needs and I’m proud that La­bor is again de­liv­er­ing for my home town of Broad­ford,’’ La­bor can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton said.

‘‘These new fa­cil­i­ties are also likely to at­tract more vol­un­teers to our won­der­ful CFA, who are proud and serve and pro­tect our com­mu­nity in an emer­gency.’’

Broad­ford has had a vol­un­teer fire ser­vice since 1934, when the Broad­ford Bush­fire Bri­gade was formed.

The town’s ur­ban bri­gade was es­tab­lished in 1947, with the two brigades amal­ga­mat­ing in 1989 to form the Broad­ford Fire Bri­gade.

The bri­gade cur­rently has 64 vol­un­teer mem­bers, who re­sponded to al­most 150 in­ci­dents in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

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