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New Beechworth Fire Station
The old Beechworth Fire Station, one of Victoria’s oldest CFA stations to be in continuous service, is now out of service.
Operations Manager Paul King, oversaw the official opening of the brigade's new station on 26 July.
“It served the community well,” he said, describing the old building that accommodated the brigade for more than 100 years.
Other than a couple of hiccups with VCAT, all went smoothly with the new station taking around 12 months to build. The brigade moved in during November last year.
Ross Coyle spoke about how this was the best CFA facility he has seen opened as a Board member, and how proud he was that it was in his area of the state.
“I’m pleased the station isn’t on the main road into town so CFA members from other brigades don’t see how magnificent the station is - they would all be asking for a facility of the same calibre,” he said.
Ross also spoke about how the station will help the Beechworth Urban and Rural Fire Brigades develop in an area of Victoria that accommodates a large number of tourists.
Bill Tilley, Member for Benambra, mentioned how new drive-through bays allow for safer movement of vehicles. He also spoke about the volunteers’ commitment to the community and congratulated both brigades on our new station.
After the station was officially opened, both captains spoke about the history of the two brigades and how proud they were of our new facilities and their respective brigades. A cake decorated with the CFA logo and colours donated and made by the Beechworth Bakery was then cut by Beechworth Urban Brigade Captain Rod Gaskett and Acting Rural Captain and 1st Lieutenant Bruce Forrest.
We had many former and current members, as well as interested people from the Beechworth community attend on the day. Our current members were kept busy giving guided tours of the station while everyone enjoyed the social atmosphere with a morning tea.