STRENGTHENING FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES IN BOOMING WEST

The firefighting capabilities in one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities located in Melbourne’s west has been bolstered with the completion of a new $5.4 million fire station in Tarneit.

The station, located at 417 Derrimut Rd, Tarneit and operational since November 2019, was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Paul Edbrooke and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly.

The new station will support the Hoppers Crossing Fire Station, which will continue to operate as a CFA Brigade and includes upgraded facilities to support surrounding areas including Truganina, Werribee and Hoppers Crossing.

The new fire station spans approximately 4,900 square metres, has four engine bays and facilities and bedrooms for up to six career firefighters per shift.

It also includes an administration office, dayroom, kitchen, gym and operational support areas, including breathing apparatus cleaning area, laundry, drying room, workshop and turn-out areas.

Firefighters have access to modern facilities and the latest emergency management equipment, as well as trained personnel and equipment to respond to Emergency Medical Response (EMR) incidents.

This is a significant milestone for Tarneit, as the population is expected to double and reach 64,000 by 2031 as it experiences significant urban development and growth across neighbouring Altona North and Laverton North.

The new facility will initially accommodate four experienced career firefighters who, over the years have assisted in major incidents, including the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, the 2019 Gippsland fires and the Hazelwood mine fire.

Firefighters from the Tarneit Fire Station also supported Strike Teams and Incident Management Teams across Victoria and New South Wales throughout the 2019/20 fire season.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson

“The new fire station in Tarneit will ensure residents in Melbourne’s west will be supported and protected as communities continue to grow.”

“We’re ensuring our emergency services have state-of-the-art facilities that enable them to efficiently respond to incidents.”

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Paul Edbrooke

“The Tarneit Fire Station is an exciting and important development in the rapidly growing western suburbs.”

“Firefighters play a vital role in protecting life and property, and it’s crucial that they have the facilities to carry out their duties.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“Tarneit is a rapidly growing area and I strongly welcome this investment into essential fire fighting services to serve the local community.”

 

 

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