A new home for D13 team

CFA’s new District 13 headquarters were officially opened by Deputy Chief Officer Garry Cook on Thursday 24 October.

Wurundjeri Woman Julie Coombes performed the Welcome to Country prior to the plaque unveiling ceremony.

The new headquarters brings district and region staff together in one building, providing them with more modern technology and facilities.

Operations Manager David Renkin congratulated those involved in the project.

“It has been an outstanding effort by all who assisted with the move,” David said.

“I would like to thank CFA Land and Building Services for managing the project and our North East Region and District 13 teams who have put in many hours to bring it all together.

“I would also like to recognise Nic Rodway for his work in managing the project to its completion.

“The new building will provide many day-to-day benefits to our team and the new and improved functional area, with its updated technology, will allow us to manage fires more effectively.”

The office fit-out was purposely designed and the building is also home to the Regional Control Centre and District Control Centre, both of which are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and have adjoining break out rooms.

The new office space provides the team with an updated kitchen and common area, hot desks, storage and secure parking facilities. The new configuration has improved communication between teams who now no longer work in isolation.

“The transition went smoothly, everyone is enjoying the space and the staff have adapted to the new layout really well. The new building brings with it a broad range of benefits, improved communication being one of the major advantages,” Nicholas Rodway Regional Project Coordinator said.

“We are now able to have all-staff meetings every Monday morning in an area that is big enough to fit us all in. We are also able to quickly discuss issues as they arise and rapidly reach resolutions for our brigades.”

Stuart Lobley, Land and Building Services Project Manager, said that he attributes the overall success of the project to the ability of many CFA stakeholders to work closely together with the project build team within tight timelines.

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