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Kangaroo Ground & Research Fire Stations opened
District 14 Fire Brigades – Kangaroo Ground and Research; officially reopened their Fire Stations on Saturday, 18 October 2014.
The Honourable Kim Wells MP, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response, attended both events to present the brigades with a plaque recognising the accomplishment.
Minister Wells thanked the volunteers and their families for their support to CFA and the State of Victoria. Kangaroo Ground and Research are 2 fire brigades out of 250 to receive an upgrade or new fire station under the Rural Fire Station Program. There are approximately 10 left, due by the end of November.
Kangaroo Ground Fire Station received approximately $187,000 towards the refurbishment. The larger engine bay, storage for equipment and personal protective clothing, as well as a remodelled meeting/kitchen area has made the station a more enjoyable place to spend time, particularly with fire danger period not far away. The upgrade has provided the brigade with excellent facilities further enhancing their ability to protect lives and property as part of CFA’s core business.
James Dullard, Operations Manager, District 14 and Glenn Law, Captain, Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigade, both spoke about the way in which the brigade functions within the District and community.
Kangaroo Ground, originally formed in 1892 marks one of the earliest rural fire brigades created in Victoria. Minister Wells acknowledged the tremendous efforts of Kangaroo Ground members for maintaining a thriving fire brigade which is difficult when facing adversity.
Research Fire Brigade were very fortunate in receiving upgraded facilities at their fire station costing approximately $157,000. The brigade were excited by the refurbishment and showed it with a celebratory BBQ after the plaque was presented in the official proceedings.
Similar to Kangaroo Ground, Research Fire Brigade has been responding to fires and other emergencies for decades. In the early 1950’s, the brigade managed to raise funds through fireman dances to purchase their first vehicle – an ex-army blitz wagon fitted with a water tank.
Neville Stewart, Captain, Research Fire Brigade acknowledged in his speech, the long history of the brigade and their plans for the future to further enhance the station.
Michael Young CR, Mayor, Nillumbik Shire; Greg Esnouf AFSM, Deputy Chief Officer, CFA and David Cooper, Group Officer, Nillumbik Group were also in attendance at both events which were enjoyed by all.
Written by Chanel Daniels, Brigade Administrative Support Officer, CFA District 14
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn - CFA Photographer.