NEW BROADFORD FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPEN
The community of Broadford is home to a brand-new fire station, giving local firefighters a modern base to continue their important work thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited the new Broadford CFA Fire Brigade and its members to mark the station’s official opening.
The $2.3 million dollar station was funded by the Labor Government through CFA Capital Works Program and is located alongside Broadford’s Ambulance Victoria station.
The new fire station boasts three drive-through engine bays, male and female changing rooms, a large multi-purpose room for training and brigade meetings, a workshop and separate external shed, a training yard for brigade members and a brigade office.
Special facilities at this staton include a compressor room, where breathing apparatus cylinders can be recharged. This supports brigades across the region, particularly those located in the Hume, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Yea catchments.
Broadford has a long and proud history of fire fighting, with the Broadford Rural Fire Brigade established in 1934 and an Urban Fire Brigade in 1947. These two brigades merged more than 30 years ago to form the current brigade.
The Broadford Fire Brigade had an important role during the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, with members travelling on strike teams to Wodonga and NSW to support local firefighting efforts and take on incident management roles.
This brigade was also integral in responding to the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, which severly impacted the surrounding community.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes
“I am beyond thrilled to see this station finally open – I know just how long this brigade has been campaigning for new facilities so it’s a proud moment to have helped deliver them and to see them up and running.”
“The new fire station gives brigade members the modern base they need to keep up their important work fighting fires, and in giving back to the community.”