Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan
Eltham Site Secured For $9.6 Million Fire Station
Victor P Taffa
The future of the Eltham Country Fire Authority (CFA) is secure, with the site of its new $9.6 Million fire station announced today by Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan.
Mr. Ryan met with the Eltham fire brigade to close Fire Action Week, as CFA brigades across Victoria opened their doors to the public to engage with communities and provide assistance and advice on how to plan and prepare for fire season this summer.
Mr. Ryan said the state-of-the-art station for Eltham represented a multi-million dollar investment in community safety.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to give emergency services agencies the best possible facilities.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The Eltham fire station was a priority for renewal due to the growing population, to provide the best facilities for the brigade’s 50 dedicated volunteers and career firefighters.”
“The cutting-edge station will house a four-bay drive-through motor room for the brigade’s significant firefighting resources, accommodation for up to six staff per shift, meeting and training areas, a training day yard, and space for storage, staff amenities and support staff.”
The new station is needed to create space for accommodation, new pumpers and firefighting appliances. The next stage in the project is to commence the planning and design process in consultation with Nillumbik Shire Council and local community groups.
“The project is the result of hard work by the CFA and the local council in consultation with local community groups to work together to identify a suitable site.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The CFA is one of the world’s largest volunteer emergency services agencies with more than 60,000 members 98 % of them volunteers.”
“The Eltham fire brigade has been protecting the local community for over 80 years and its volunteers and members are crucial to Victoria’s emergency response.” Mr. Ryan said.