NEW BROADFORD FIRE STATION TO BE BUILT BY DECEMBER

Broadford will have a new multi-mill dollar fire station by the end of the year, as the new emergency services hub takes shape.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, and Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton who are both Broadford residents, were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the new station on Hamilton Street.

The Andrews Labor Government funded the $2.45million CFA facility that will be co-located with an Ambulance Victoria station – Broadford’s first ever ambulance station.

The new CFA station will replace the current fire station as it no longer meets the needs of the Broadford Fire Brigade’s volunteers.

The new station has a number of important features, including a three-bay drive-through motor room, turn-out areas for the volunteers, workshop and a stand-alone shed, office space and a training yard.

“It’s a privilege as an MP to represent the town you live in, I made it my priority to deliver Broadford an emergency services hub with the CFA and Ambulance Victoria stationed on the one site and I’m proud under Labor we are getting it done,” Ms Symes said.

“The Broadford Fire Brigade is a busy brigade with a very active and passionate volunteer membership, so it’s important it has access to the best possible facilities and equipment.

“The new fire station on Hamilton Street will be part of an emergency services hub, providing a centralised point from which firefighters and paramedics respond to emergencies.

“I look forward to the fire station opening in the coming months.”

Ms Deppeler-Morton said the CFA station build is expected to be completed by December and the Ambulance Station early 2019.

“This emergency services hub is exactly what Broadford needs and I’m proud that Labor is again delivering for my home town of Broadford.

“These new facilities are also likely to attract more volunteers to our wonderful CFA, who are proud and serve and protect our community in an emergency.”

Broadford has had a volunteer fire service since 1934, when the Broadford Bushfire Brigade was formed.

The town’s urban brigade was established in 1947, with the two brigades amalgamating in 1989 to form the Broadford Fire Brigade. The brigade currently has 64 volunteer members, who responded to almost 150 incidents in the 2017-18 financial year.