Barwon Downs Fire Base Well Underway To Completion

Barwon Downs Fire Base Well Underway To Completion

Victoria Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

Barwon Downs Fire Base Nearing Completion

Victor P Taffa

Firefighters in the Otways will soon move into a new state-of-the-art complex, as construction works on the Forest Fire Management Victoria base at Barwon Downs near completion.

Andrews Government has invested $7.2 Million in the project, which will replace outdated facilities over 3 sites.

New, modern facilities will boost Forest Fire Management Victoria’s capacity to protect local communities from bushfires and other emergencies.

“This new complex is an important investment in the future of the Otways and will ensure a rapid response to local emergencies.” Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.

“This project has created jobs across the region, with Geelong building company Rendine Constructions employing 25 people on site and using tradies and suppliers from across the region to build these state-of-the-art facilities.”

A range of environmental initiatives have been included in the design, with solar panels, a solar hot water system and double glazed windows.

Upgrades are expected in the coming weeks, and the site will be staffed and operational by late June.

The new complex will have a Level 2 Incident Control Centre and house more than 20 Forest Fire Management personnel.

From the Barwon Downs base, Forest Fire Management Victoria will provide rapid responses to bushfires and other emergencies in the Otway District.

Strategic location of the new base ensures that crews are in a strong position to respond to bushfires in the high-risk eastern edge of the Otways.

In addition to the main offices, facilities at the site include:

  • Dangerous goods store,
  • Fire store,
  • Refuelling area,
  • Tanker shed,
  • Trailer storage,
  • Vehicle shed,
  • Vehicle wash bay,
  • Workshop.

Rainwater will be harvested and treated to supply all water requirements on site, from vehicle washing to drinking water.