Celebrations planned for Wodonga official opening

Wodonga Fire Brigade is opening its doors this Saturday, 4 May to welcome residents to check out the new multi-million dollar facility.  


Local residents will have a chance to get an inside look at the new Wodonga Fire Station on Saturday.

The official station opening and Community Day will offer guests a free BBQ lunch, giveaways, entertainment and fire safety demonstrations.

Special guests including State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, City of Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie and senior CFA leaders will officially open the station.

From 10am, the Brigade will march from Bumble Bees Childcare centre to the station before speeches and the unveiling of a plaque. From 11am, the Community Day will include a free barbecue, station tours, face-painting, a jumping castle, petting zoo, give-aways and the chance to check out some specialist firefighting vehicles.        

Officer-in-charge Ashley Mills encouraged residents to attend to see the new facility and get an update on the latest home fire safety information in the lead-up to winter.

“We’re hoping as many people as possible can come along to grab a free feed and check out our impressive new station,” Mr Mills said.

“Our volunteer and career firefighters are really proud of this facility and have settled in well, turning out to some 115 incidents since we moved in on 22 January. Major incidents include the Huon Hill fire, several emergency medical response incidents and car accidents.   

“It will be a bit of a spectacle to see the Brigade marching down to the station, so I encourage the locals to find a spot to watch them march down Thomas Mitchell Dr into the new station.”

The Brigade will begin the march at 10am from Bumble Bees Childcare Centre to the station at 81 Thomas Mitchell Drive where speeches start from 10.15am. The Community Day will begin from 11am and include station tours.

The $7.8 million station has five engine bays and 10 bedrooms to support firefighters in preparation and recovery from the growing number of incidents in Wodonga, resulting from strong population growth as the fourth largest city in regional Victoria. The project was part of CFA’s 350 Firefighter Program (P350) - a Victorian Government commitment to improve service delivery through growing the workforce and enhancing infrastructure and equipment. For more information about the Official Opening and Community Day, call (02) 6043 4466.

Author: Brienna Snare