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Leneva opens (new) doors
Having just celebrated the first anniversary of a new station and a settling in a tanker barely six months old, Leneva is keen to show off their new set up to local residents, who are invited to walk through the station on CFA Sunday.
The open day is part of CFA’s CFA Sunday which will see more than 200 brigades across the state hold events with the community. Story by Bruce Morrison.
Residents in the local area can inspect the new station and view the new tanker and a display of the tanker's latest operational and safety features. The appliance has replaced an aging 1987 tanker which served the brigade and the CFA for over 25 years.
Members of the community can also talk to the brigade and take free information on summer fire safety, preparing your property for the summer fire season, and becoming an active volunteer with CFA.
The station will be open from 10.00am to 2.00pm at 2855 Beechworth Wodonga Road Leneva
With a membership of over 60, today the Leneva Rural fire Brigade has 38 operational firefighters responding to any fire or emergency incidents in the local area.
The brigade was first formed in 1947 and the only equipment available for fire fighting purposes in the early days was one furphy slip on tank with a hand pump and one length of rubber hoses, two knapsacks, two rake hoes and two beaters.
The Leneva Rural Fire Brigade has seen dramatic changes over the last 15 months. The new station replaced the previous single bay corrugated iron shed built in 1960. Features of the new station include a double engine bay, meeting room, kitchen, office, toilet facilities and ample storage.
The station was designed and built to cater for the future growth in the brigade area, in particular the urban development from Wodonga which is now in the fringe areas of the Leneva brigade boundaries.
The brigade has had a busy period over recent years, with active involvement in the 2003, 2006, campaign fires, 2009 Black Saturday fires and the 2013 Hotham Harrietville Fire.
Leneva receives over 30 calls each year and this figure is gradually increasing with the urban development from Wodonga.
More on Leneva's new station....
Story and photo courtesy of the Border Mail 18/10/2012
FIFTY-TWO years ago, Jack Elliott and a CFA mate jumped into their old tray-top trucks and went off to Wodonga to pick up the new Leneva fire station.
The station, little more than a shed, has served generations of Leneva residents but five years ago discussions began about the need for a new home.
On Saturday, the Leneva community opened its new $495,000 CFA fire station, much to Mr Elliott’s delight.
“It’s just unreal. It’s got all the mod cons in it,” Mr Elliott said with a beaming smile as he gazed at the building on Saturday.
The Leneva station is one of several opening across the North East as the fire season starts — Barnawartha’s $495,000 home followed a few hours later on Saturday afternoon, while Nariel Valley’s $295,000 station opened yesterday.
“It’s certainly a great facility for the people of Leneva,” CFA region 24 operations officer Paul King said.
“We’ve had some tough years over the past decade and we’re all very busy at the moment getting ready for the next fire season.”
Mr King said it was good to be able to take the time to reflect on what a great asset the station was going to be for what would be a vibrant part of the Leneva growth corridor.
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley, who opened the building, said it would provide a modern working environment for volunteers.
“Leneva has around 70 members who work hard year-round to protect the local community, and Victoria, during times of emergency,” he said.
“The new facility ... is a significant upgrade from the shed originally supplied by the CFA in 1960.”
The story of that old shed and its arrival was recounted by brigade captain Bruce Morrison.
“The regional officer of the time contacted us and said ‘we’ve got you an appliance, we’ve now got to get you a fire station’,” he said.
“A couple of months later we received a phone call from the regional office and they said ‘your fire station has arrived, you’d better organise to pick it up’.”
Two of the brigade’s members, including equipment officer Mr Elliott, now 86, collected the materials, got a few bags of cement for the foundations and set to work.
Mr Morrison emphasised the building was for the whole community.
“It’s a great day today and it’s been 4 and a half years in the making but we got there and the CFA has certainly delivered on its promise,” he said.