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Toolamba welcomes new station
About 70 people turned out for the weekend opening ceremony of the new Toolamba Fire Station
The new $320 000 station provides room for two fire tankers and it has wash-down facilities, an office, a community meeting room and a kitchen – a vast improvement on the previous station.
Story from Shepparton News
"It's fantastic compared to what we had," Toolamba Captain Des Good said.
He said the station started out with a shed that had a single-vehicle bay in the early 1960s. Mr Good said during the years CFA members added a lean-to at the side of the building. "It outlived its usefulness," he said.
The new building was started in May last year and was completed by August.
The brigade was able to move in last September.
Toolamba station first lieutenant Toby Corbett said a lot of community groups now shared the meeting room at the station, including the local Lions club, a kinder, a Landcare group and the Toolamba Steering Committee. "The brigade is a big part of the community," Mr Corbett said.
Firefighter Colin James agreed the station was a vast improvement. "The way the CFA operates means that you've got to be trained for everything," he said.
A number of impressive service awards were handed out at the opening ceremony.
Five year certificate: Justin Anderson, John Laing, Gerard Montgomery and Samantha Snyder
10 year medal: Leeane Button, Sean Good and Des Good
15 year medal: Megan Corbett
20 year medal: Toby Corbett
25 year medal: Pat Mahoney
The Brigade Service Award for 2012 went to Colin James for Most Reliable Member and Mark Little for Most Outstanding Member.