- Deputy Premier officially opens upgraded CFA station at Koonwarra
- Koonwarra CFA receives the keys for a new medium tanker
- The Victorian Coalition Government delivers upgrades to 240 CFA stations
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has officially opened the $245,000 upgrade to Koonwarra fire station and delivered a new medium tanker that will boost the CFA’s fire fighting capacity in Gippsland.
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was getting on with the job of ensuring the state was protected from the threat of bushfires and other emergencies.
“The Koonwarra station upgrade forms part of the Coalition Government’s investment of $125 million to build or upgrade 250 CFA stations across the state,” Mr Ryan said.
“With 240 stations now completed, we are well on track to deliver on this commitment, which is helping to make our country communities safer.
“The upgrade provides the brigade’s 34 members with an additional engine bay room, new communications board, better amenities and car parking spaces.”
During the event, Mr Ryan also officially handed over the keys to a new $345,000 medium tanker.
“This new four-wheel drive truck has a water capacity of 2,350 litres and includes a crew protection spray system, which will increase firefighter safety.
“It is absolutely crucial that our emergency services are supported with the resources and infrastructure they need to keep Victorians safe.
“Both the station extension and new tanker will boost emergency response capabilities in the region.”
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had enormous respect for CFA firefighters and were delivering record funding to help them protect local communities.
“Since coming to office in November 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $2.29 billion in funding,” Mr Ryan said.
“And as part of the 2014-15 State Budget, the Coalition Government is contributing an additional $29 million to the CFA to buy 78 new vehicles.”
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