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New Altona Fire Station unveiled to community

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09 Nov 2015
Firefighters from Altona welcomed members of the local community to celebrate the official opening of their new fire station yesterday.

The new Altona Fire Station is a state-of-the-art facility that provides local firefighters with upgraded facilities to assist in meeting current and emerging emergency response needs.

More than 500 local community members and families attended the opening, which showcased MFB fire trucks, a vintage fire fighting appliance and a road rescue demonstration.

MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau said the new station would accommodate one primary appliance and up to four firefighters, with room to house a second fire truck if required.

“The new station is four times larger than the old station, and now includes a large drill yard for firefighters to train and improve their skills,” he said.

“It was also sustainably designed and built, making it far more energy efficient.

“MFB has worked incredibly hard to build a fire station that meets the needs of our community now and into the future.”

The station was officially opened by Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett.

The opening was held on the last day of Fire Action Week, Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation week as Altona Fire Station is located close to the urban fringe.

Firefighters have reminded residents who live near grassland, parks, paddocks or reserves, to prepare for their local fire risk this summer.

Altona Station Officer Lou Battisti said the open day was an opportune time to talk to members of the public about the increasing fire risk with summer approaching.

“Opening the fire station during Fire Action Week provided a great opportunity for the local community to meet the firefighters, tour the station, learn about fire risk in their area and have a bit of fun," he said.

“The latest outlook predicts a long, hot and dry summer, with the potential for increased fire activity so all are invited to come along and learn some valuable safety tips.”

 

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