Celebrating the new station in Moe
Moe locals are celebrating the official opening of the town’s new fire station.
More than 60 people attended the event at the weekend, including CFA Deputy Chief Officer South East Trevor Owen and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing.
The new $2.39 million station will strengthen the local brigade by providing safer and more efficient facilities for members responding to fire calls.
It includes upgraded meeting, kitchen and office facilities, a fit for purpose turnout room and a large, concreted rear yard that can be utilised for training and vehicle and equipment maintenance activities.
“It is really helpful for us volunteers,” said Moe Fire Brigade captain Liam Bantock.
“Firefighters know a station is more than just a place to park the trucks – it is a place to train and make friendships.
“(The new station) is more efficient and the facilities are much better. Hopefully it attracts new people to want to join the brigade and volunteer for the CFA.”
Liam said he joined the brigade to learn new skills, meet new people and give back to the community.
He has been with the brigade for nine years and captain for the past three.
Deputy Chief Officer Owen said it was outstanding to see the local station officially opened, with the brigade having waited patiently for 26 years for the new facility.
“It’s been a long journey for them, and they’re pleased the building was on the existing site in the heart of the community,” he said.
The brigade was established on July 1, 1936.
The new station is central to Moe shops, community centres and schools.
Funding for the new station was secured through the Emergency Services High Priority Infrastructure program.
- Lieutenant Steve Cassar, Captain Liam Bantock, MP Harriet Shing and Ex Captain Rod Day celebrate the opening
- CFA Deputy Chief Officer South East Trevor Owen awards Lieutenant Steve Cassar