Broadford Fire Brigade volunteers have celebrated the official opening of their new fire station which is improving their ability to serve the local community.
The new station features three motor-room bays, a large brigade meeting room, and separate turnout rooms and change facilities for men and women.
Brigade members were joined by the Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes and CFA Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook to officially open the $2.3m building.
Broadford Fire Brigade volunteer Natalie Bloomfield said the new facility will boost the brigade’s ability to serve and protect the community.
“It’s exciting to have a new fit-for-purpose facility for our dedicated volunteers and our growing Broadford community,” said Ms Bloomfield.
“The drive-through engine bays are fantastic as we no longer have to reverse in, and the extra concrete at the back of the building is great for training on-site.
“These modern facilities mean we can get the trucks in and out of the station quickly which really improves our overall service to the community.
“The new breathing apparatus filling capabilities are also not only a big boost for our brigade; they also serve neighbouring brigades, the wider CFA district and neighbouring districts as well.”
CFA A/CO Garry Cook said it was fantastic to officially open the new facility for the Broadford Fire Brigade and wider community.
“This new station will be an asset to the thriving Broadford Fire Brigade, allowing our volunteers to continue doing what they do best – protecting lives and property,” said A/CO Cook.
“Broadford volunteers are experts in both urban and wildfire environments and this new station now matches the professionalism of its members.
“I would like to thank the brigade for their invaluable service to their local community and beyond.”