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New multi-agency emergency hub
Fire services personnel in the Southern Metropolitan region have a new headquarters and multi-agency facility with the official opening of the $5 million CFA District 8 Headquarters and Southern Metropolitan Region Emergency Management Complex in Dandenong South.
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Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response, Kim Wells said the new building provides CFA and emergency services with enhanced facilities and would boost emergency response capabilities in the area.
“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria and increasing community safety for Dandenong and surrounding areas,” Mr Wells said.
"The new building houses the Incident Control Centre, District Command Centre and Regional Control Centre with capacity for 72 staff and volunteers.
”This is the first time all centres will be located in the same facility, bringing together emergency management functions that were previously spread across Oakleigh, Dandenong, Pakenham and Moorooduc.
"We are proud to deliver a new $5 million emergency services complex which will support even greater collaboration between the Dandenong region's emergency services organisations and ensure our fire services personnel are equipped with the tools and resources they need to do their job.”
Mr Wells said the complex would strengthen existing relationships with other emergency management agencies during emergencies, including Victoria Police, MFB, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, SES, Department of Human Services and VicRoads.
“The Coalition Government’s significant investments in Victoria’s fire services and the broad suite of emergency management reforms that have been introduced over the past four years have helped to ensure Victoria is now better protected,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells was joined at the opening by Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich and Liberal candidate for Dandenong Joanna Palatsides who welcomed the new facility for the local community.
“This is fantastic news for Dandenong, as it will significantly enhance emergency services in our area and ensure the CFA and other emergency services agencies are equipped to meet current and future needs,” Ms Palatsides said.
The new District 8 Headquarters building is more than 2,356 square metres in size and includes two levels of offices and a goods and distribution centre on the ground floor.
The facility has been completed in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong, Cbus Property, Property Dynamics, Peter Anderson Architects, Pure Projects and Hacer Constructions.
Mr Wells said the Coalition Government has a strong and proven commitment to supporting the CFA and its firefighters who play a critical role in Victoria’s emergency response.
“Since coming to office in November 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $2.29 billion in funding,” Mr Wells said.
“This financial year the CFA Budget is $457 million, $58 million more than it was when Labor left office, and since coming to office we have also invested more than $108 million to purchase 275 CFA trucks.
“This record investment highlights the Coalition Government's strong commitment to Victoria’s regional communities and the work our firefighters do keeping Victorians safe.
“This important new hub will be a fantastic resource for CFA and other emergency services organisations who are the backbone of Victoria's emergency response.”
Images & video by Keith Pakenham - CFA