NEW WODONGA FIRE STATION TO OPEN IN WEEKS

Wodonga’s new $7.8 million fire station will open before the end of the year, delivering the perfect 125-year birthday gift to the Wodonga Fire Brigade.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, and Labor candidate for Benambra, Mark Tait, was today given a behind-the-scenes tour of the new facility on Thomas Mitchell Drive.

The 24-hour station will replace the Wodonga Fire Brigade’s current home on Smythe St, which has been serving the community for more than 40 years and no longer meets firefighters’ needs.

The new station has been funded by the Andrews Labor Government. It will feature five motor bays to accommodate trucks and other appliances, and 10 bedrooms for members working overnight shifts.

Construction is close to being completed and will add to a momentous year for the brigade, which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary.

The brigade’s 60 volunteers and 21 career firefighters are on track to move in before the end of the year.

Ms Symes also used today’s visit to:

  • announce Wodonga and Wangaratta career firefighters are now trained to provide emergency medical response (EMR), fulfilling the Andrews Labor Government’s $46.7 million commitment to deliver the EMR program to all 37 integrated CFA stations;
  • and officially hand over the Wodonga brigade’s newest appliance, an $800,000 heavy pumper that has been funded as part of a state-wide roll out.

EMR is a co-responder program run by the fire services and Ambulance Victoria.

It involves firefighters from EMR-capable fire stations being dispatched at the same time as paramedics to respond to triple zero calls for heart attack patients and non-breathing patients.

“The Wodonga Fire Brigade has been keeping this community safe for the past 125 years, so it is fantastic to see the new, state-of-the-art Labor Government funded fire station so close to completion,” Ms Symes said.

“The brigade has further boosted its operational capability with Emergency Management Response training and the new heavy pumper.

“This means Wodonga now has some of the best trained firefighters in the state and the latest equipment to help them protect the community and save lives in the event of an emergency.”

Mr Tait said “the Andrews Labor Government will continue to work with the CFA to ensure firefighters have the infrastructure, equipment and training they need to manage emergencies and keep people safe”.