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Cornishtown has a new fire station
On Sunday 14 September 2014, Bill Tilley MLA officially opened the new Cornishtown Fire Station, witnessed by over 50 members of the local community and Cornishtown brigade.
Mr Tilley, with Operations Manager Paul King, also presented service medals representing over 500 years of service.
The new 1A3 rural fire station was built adjacent to the existing station by Yackandandah Engineering and funded by the Rural Stations Program. The new station is a single-bay motor room, with a 4m x 4m automatic roller door, toilet facilities, external drying rack, turnout provision for volunteers, and a 15,000-litre water tank that will now allow the brigade to fill its tanker without going off site.
The existing station will be kept by the brigade and be refurbished to house the brigade's quick fill and other equipment.
Cornishtown brigade was formed in 1952 after a significant fire started in the area that burnt through Barnawatha, around Wodonga and stopping at Baranduda. Brigade members attend about eight calls a year and support the Rutherglen Group with strike team deployment and assistance with the local command facility.
Three original members, Vin Shelley, Brian Shelley, and Anthony Gillman, were present to witness the new station opening and receive their long service awards. In the years since its formation the brigade has had only four trucks: a Ford Blitz, Austin tanker, an Isuzu tanker and now a 1998 Isuzu tanker. It has also had four captains: Denny Gillman, Vin Shelley, John Fuge and the present Captain Brad Schmidt.
Also on the day, long service awards were presented to 16 Cornishtown members by Bill Tilley and Paul King. Mr Tilley thanked those receiving awards for their many years of dedicated service to CFA and the Cornishtown community.
Captain Brad Schmidt thanked all those involved with the building of the new station, highlighting the cooperation of the local community, District 24 and members of the brigade.
Cornishtown is a small rural community between Rutherglen and Chiltern and has a population of just over 100 people. About 50 people attended the opening of the fire station, which demonstrates the value of this new facility to the community of Cornishtown.