Joint facility for Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) located in Woomelang has now been completed. The facility will replace the existing outdated and smaller facility.
In 1991 it was decided that VICSES would share the CFA site. In July 1991, the Woomelang SES Unit relocated their shed to the rear of the CFA Station and part of the engine room was converted into office space leaving enough room for both trucks to be stationed at the front of the facility.
This arrangement has worked successfully as many residents are members of both emergency services.
The new facility was funded by the Rural Fire Station Replacement program. VICSES purchased the land.
The new CFA/ VICSES facility includes a kitchen, joint meeting room, CFA breathing apparatus room, offices, joint communications room and an external VICSES storage shed.
The facility has the ability to offer community meeting/ function facilities, training area and room to expand if required.
This new facility will be of a huge benefit to the Woomelang Community enhancing the profile of both the VICSES Unit and CFA Brigade providing much improved meeting, training, garaging and storage facilities. This will enable the CFA Brigade and VICSES Unit to be better equipped to deal with and respond to local emergencies within the township and district.
The new state-of-the-art facility has a number of distinct features including a joint motor room where VICSES and CFA vehicles will be garaged side-by-side. The administration and amenities area is also shared but with dedicated offices providing both volunteers and personnel a greater level of Work Health and Safety compliance and comfort.
The Woomelang facility cost $623,000 to build, with the total project in total costing approximately $840.000.
The new facility will be opened by the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett on Sunday 6 March at at 11am.