(left to right): Modewarre CFA Captain Michael Meesen, CFA Acting Deputy Chief Officer Brendan Lawson and Darren Cheeseman MP
After 40 years responding from their current location, construction has commenced on a new, modern fire station for the Modewarre Fire Brigade.
Acting Deputy Chief Officer South West Region Brendan Lawson joined Darren Cheeseman
MP, CFA Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Wayne Alymer, Modewarre Captain Michael Meesen and other members at the official turning of the sod to mark the beginning of construction of the new station.
The $2.08 million fire station is currently under construction on Cape Otway Road, located on the same road as the brigade’s current station, just over a kilometre away.
A/DCO Lawson said the new station will be an exciting addition to not only the brigade, but the wider community.
“Modewarre Fire Brigade is a diverse and skilled brigade that attends fires, motor vehicle
collisions and other emergency incidents across its response area,” he said.
“This new station will empower the brigade to continue responding to incidents, providing
improved safety and facilities for our members.”
The new fit-for-purpose station will provide ample space to house the brigade’s firefighting
appliances, allow drive-through access and improved safety features such as equipment storage and Breathing Apparatus (BA) cleaning facilities.
The current station was built in the late 1980s and has limited common areas and amenities.
Modewarre Captain Michael Meesen said the new station will help meet the needs of the growing brigade and community.
“The new, state of the art facility will be a great asset to the community as it has everything the brigade needs”, he said.
“We are grateful to the community for their generous contributions”.
The Victorian Government has provided over $2 million in funding for the CFA fire station in
Modewarre through the $126 million CFA Capability Funding package, the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) and the Emergency Services Refurbishment Fund program. The Modewarre Fire Brigade and community have also contributed $24,500.
The brigade currently has a membership of 41 volunteers, of which 28 are operational firefighters.
Construction of the new station is expected to be completed in early 2022.
- (left to right): Modewarre CFA Captain Michael Meesen, CFA Acting Deputy Chief Officer Brendan Lawson and Darren Cheeseman MP
- (left to right): Darren Cheeseman MP, Modewarre CFA Captain Michael Meesen and CFA Acting Deputy Chief Officer Brendan Lawson