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02
Sep

Lovell seeks funding to upgrade station and equipment at Kinglake West Fire Brigade.

equipment at Kinglake West Fire Brigade.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called for State Government funding to upgrade facilities and equipment at the Kinglake West Fire Brigade.

Speaking during a recent adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell sought a commitment from the Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville to allocate funding to the Kinglake West Fire Brigade to complete an upgrade of the fire station and replace the current CFA supplied tanker, which is nearly 20 years old.

The Kinglake West Fire Brigade moved into its current location on the Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd in 1977. The station consisted of a two bay engine room, a communications office, a small kitchen & meeting room and one toilet. Apart from a CFA funded engine bay door, all upgrades or improvements since the station was established have been funded and completed by brigade members and the local community.

The current facilities pose safety hazards for members who are at risk of being hit by departing and arriving vehicles when accessing their personal protection equipment. When it rains a leaking roof leads to water pooling in the engine bay causing members to slip, particularly when preparing to attend an emergency situation.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The heroic work of members of the Kinglake West Fire Brigade during the Black Saturday bushfires will never be forgotten.

“It is unacceptable that the current condition of the facilities at the Kinglake West Fire Brigade are putting brigade members at even more risk whilst they work to protect their community.

“Virtually all work to improve the station over the years has been funded and completed by members and the local Kinglake West community.

“For the sake of member’s safety and to ensure they have the necessary equipment to keep the community safe, I call on Minister Neville to commit funding to upgrade the station and replace the ageing tanker at Kinglake West Fire Brigade.”

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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