The community of Koroit has a new fire station thanks to $1.68 million funding from the Victorian Government.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, representing the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, today opened the new CFA station.
The new fire station includes three motor bays, a large shed in the rear yards to house smaller vehicles, a meeting room, kitchen facilities and an area for the storage of protective clothing.
The new station is located in Mill St, close to the geographic centre of the brigade’s response area.
Koroit is a busy volunteer brigade, with 36 volunteers. It responds to around 52 callouts every year servicing not only the town, but also nearby rural farming areas.
The brigade is active in community education and engagement, regularly holding open days for the community. Members participate in local community events such as the Koroit Irish Festival.
The Koroit brigade was established in 1892 and has just moved from its previous station, where it was based for nearly 60 years.
The new station has been funded through CFA’s capital works program, at a cost of $1.68 million.
The Koroit Fire Brigade and Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) also contributed funding to extend the vehicular storage facility at the rear of the building.
It can now accommodate a VICSES emergency vehicle and provide access to the station’s amenities.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The community of Koroit now has a state-of-the-art facility and these new premises will ensure that our dedicated volunteers have the space and equipment they need to continue their outstanding work protecting the community.”
“It’s vital that emergency services facilities like Koroit Fire Station are equipped to meet demand and are able to meet the challenges which a brigade in regional Victoria faces.”
“This is a wonderful facility, which continues the Koroit brigade’s proud 126-year history of keeping communities safe.”