CFA Executive Director for Operational Training and Volunteerism, Lex de Man, said the building of the facility had been a joint initiative between CFA, SES and government who work in partnership to provide vital services to the local community.
“Improved meeting and training facilities will streamline and enhance an already strong relationship between both organisations, as well as with the community,” he said.
Mr de Man added a dedicated Divisional Command Centre will ensure Kinglake is well-prepared to deal with any emergency.
“I am confident that this new facility will see Kinglake CFA and SES volunteers continue to protect lives and properties for many more years to come.”
SES Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry said it was a pleasure to see Kinglake SES and CFA settle into the new facility which will provide extra space, improved meeting and training facilities and an area for both emergency services to house all of their vehicles under the same roof.
“I would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved in the development of this great new facility, which highly reflects the professionalism of both the SES unit and CFA brigade,” she said.
The Kinglake SES unit lost both its building and response vehicles in the February 2009 bushfires.
“Despite the loss, Kinglake has remained a very active unit, responding to many local emergencies as well as assisting in major operations such as the North East Floods in March and the 2011 Christmas Day Storms in Melbourne,” she said.
“The community of Kinglake is still rebuilding. I believe this facility will help that process by providing the ideal space to maximise future emergency response capabilities offered to the community.”
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