(left to right): Secretary Neil Hickman, Captain Michael Meesen, Acting Chief Officer Gary Cook, VFBV Representative Rod Taylor and Acting ACFO Wayne Aylmer
Modewarre Fire Brigade volunteers have celebrated the official opening of their new fire station which will improve their ability to serve the local community.
The new $2.08 million facility has replaced the former station located only one kilometre away, also on Cape Otway Road, a site the brigade had been operating from since 1985.
Brigade members were joined by the local community, Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman MP and CFA Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook on Sunday for the official opening.
The new station features three motor-room bays, separate turn-out rooms and change facilities for men and women, as well as a large multi-purpose room to be utilised for meetings and training.
Other features include equipment storage areas and dedicated Breathing Apparatus (BA) cleaning facilities.
Modewarre Captain Michael Meesen said the new station will help the brigade better serve and protect the community.
“We’d outgrown the old station; it just wasn’t big enough for our growing membership,” said Captain Meesen.
“The larger station with the drive-through engine bay will be fantastic as we no longer need to reverse in, and the storage shed at the back of the building will be really handy.
“The old station down the road will now be repurposed as a Men’s and Women’s Shed by the local community network.
“It’s great knowing that after housing the brigade for nearly forty years, it will still be a valuable asset to the community.”
CFA Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook said the old fire station served the brigade and the community well for many years.
“This new station will be an asset to the growing Modewarre Fire Brigade, allowing our volunteers to continue doing what they do best – protect lives and property,” said A/CO Cook.
“I would like to thank the brigade for their invaluable service to their local community and the wider Surf Coast area.”
- Secretary Neil Hickman and Captain Michael Meesen with Darren Cheeseman MP