Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan
Whittlesea To Benefit From Firefighting Boost
Victor P Taffa
Residents in Whittlesea and the surrounding communities will be better protected from bushfires with the establishment of a new $1.5 Million Fire Station.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan, who today officially opened the new three Bay Station on Laurel Street, said the facility represented a significant upgrade for the local CFA Brigade.
“Whittlesea residents know what it’s like to live in a high bushfire risk environment so they understand the importance of the CFA having optimal facilities and equipment to deal with the threat of fire.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The Whittlesea CFA brigade outgrew its old premises and so this station, which features a large motor room, spacious multi-purpose room and training area to the rear of the property as well as three 20,000 litre water tanks, will be a welcome new facility for firefighters.”
While speaking at the opening, Mr. Ryan also presented the Whittlesea Brigade with a new $236,000 tanker.
“This tanker holds 3,000 litres of water and carries emergency medical response equipment that will allow qualified members to respond with first aid until paramedics arrive.” Mr. Ryan said.
Funding for the $236,000 tanker came jointly from the Coalition Government, the CFA, and the Whittlesea Brigade.
Mr. Ryan said CFA volunteers worked tirelessly protecting their local community so it was important brigade members could depend on having access to the right equipment to handle emergency situations.
“With a new station and a new tanker, the Whittlesea brigade will be well equipped to continue to respond effectively and efficiently to emergencies.” Mr. Ryan said.
The Whittlesea Fire Brigade has 76 members and responds to about 110 incidents a year.
During Black Saturday and in its aftermath, the Whittlesea brigade played a critical role defending the lives and property of Whittlesea residents.