Glenaladale Fire Brigade members have come together to celebrate the official opening of their brand new station extension as well as the delivery of a new ultralight tanker.
Captain Rick O’Haire said it was time for an upgrade after the community had been devastated by fires in early 2014.
“We’ve actually had the ultralight tanker for some time now after it became apparent we needed a more nimble appliance, and the new tanker has seen us meet our response time targets 100 per cent of the time.
“The real celebration tonight is about the extension of the station which can now properly house the tanker and a celebration of all the work since 2014 to get us to this point,” he said.
Since 2014 the brigade has received funding of $116,000 for the tanker through a VESEP grants and $24,000 for the station extension thanks to a grant from Emergency Management Victoria.
“The new station has space for all our vehicles, a communal area for the brigade as well as dedicated storage.
“This means we can respond faster to incidents and deliver the best possible service to our community.”
The official opening also saw National Medals and service awards handed out.
“Collectively we recognised 520 years of service to CFA and the Glenaladale community,” Rick said.
“It was a great night and a culmination of many years of work from a lot of people.”