A new state-of-the-art CFA station has officially opened in Wodonga, providing stronger emergency services for the community and better facilities for firefighters.

Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes attended the official opening today.

The Andrews Labor Government committed $7.8 million station for the station, as part of its commitment to deliver better, more modern facilities for firefighters across regional Victoria. The government has continued to invest heavily in our fire services and has delivered on its promise to recruit 450 additional career firefighters to protect and serve the community.

The station provides firefighters with a new facility to support the growing Wodonga community, and includes 10 bedrooms and five appliance bays. The larger, better-equipped station gives Wodonga CFA more opportunity to educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

It also gives more career and volunteer firefighters the space to run training sessions and host community groups. The station is equipped with the latest emergency management tools, including equipment for heart attack patients and non-breathing patients.

Every Emergency Medical Response-capable station has the necessary medical equipment to perform the life-saving role, with defibrillators installed in the fire trucks.

The Wodonga fire brigade has been protecting lives and property since 1893 and celebrated its 125th anniversary last year. The brigade moved into the new station in January 2019.

The brigade responded to approximately 600 call outs a year, including house fires, car accidents and supporting paramedics at EMR incidents.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes:

“The state-of-the-art station provides the Wodonga brigade with modern facilities, as well as space to train and prepare for emergency incidents.”

“Wodonga now has a brand new facility and these new premises will ensure that our dedicated firefighters have the space and equipment they need to continue their outstanding work in protecting the community.”