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A great day at Corinella
Under grey skies the members of the Corinella Fire Brigade and the local community gathered at Corinella Fire Station to celebrate a significant milestone in the brigade’s history.
Saturday 23 July was the date for the official opening of the newly-extended and refurbished Corinella Fire Station. The brigade has been servicing the Corinella, Coronet Bay and Tenby Point communities as well as the Bass Coast and Greater Victorian community since it was formed in 1978.
The brigade and community have changed significantly over the past decade and the need for a modern fire station with a state-of-the-art fire truck was very obvious to the brigade who worked hard to get these new facilities. The new fire truck is the first the brigade has had and is a huge leap forward from their previous tanker which had served the community well for many years.
As the new truck is larger and higher than its predecessor, it only just fitted into the old station and really was not satisfactory so the brigade in partnership with CFA and the State Government undertook an extension and refurbishment of their existing facilities which will see Corinella brigade well placed to protect its community into the future.
The works included extending the station and raising the roof, installing motorised access door to the front, refurbishing and improving the meeting room and kitchen facilities and other minor improvements. This project is a great credit to the brigade who undertook a large part of the works themselves.
An unexpected surprise on the day was the presentation of a $15,000 thermal imaging camera to the brigade to allow better and safer firefighting and detection of hot spots in buildings and bush firefighting. This camera will benefit all the waterline brigades and was made possible through the generosity of the Phillip Island Fire Brigade and CFA.
The fire station was officially opened by Harriet Shing MP, Member for Eastern Victoria, who also presented the keys to the tanker to Captain Sue Jenner who thanked Harriet, the community, Corinella Fire Brigade members and their families and CFA for their continued and ongoing support.
Other invited guests who attended on the day included Cr. Claire Le Serve, CFA Bass Coast Group Officer Damien O’Connor, neighbouring brigade Captains Andrew Blackney from Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade and Barry Dakin from Bass Fire Brigade, and CFA Bass Coast Operations Officer Paul Summons.