Emergency Services Volunteers | February 09, 2016

Kealy supports Dimboola Urban Fire Brigade

Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to commit funds desperately needed to repair and upgrade the Dimboola Urban Fire Brigade station.

Last year the communications room within the Dimboola Urban Fire Brigade station was closed due to exposed asbestos resulting from structural damage. The brigade has also outgrown its premises, with trucks parked mere centimetres from walls and other equipment.

“It is essential that our local CFA volunteers have access to the equipment they need to operate safely and efficiently. Not having access to their communications equipment is placing a significant stress on the volunteers who are trying to help the community,” Ms Kealy said.

“I have written to the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon. Jane Garrett requesting urgent funding to be provided to the Dimboola Urban Fire Brigade for a new station. We need to ensure the safety of the members and the continuation of this vital community emergency service.

“The station has limited space in their storeroom and renovations are desperately needed to allow for better accommodation of their trucks, equipment and CFA members.

“The issue of storage is a common issue for many brigades. The size of vehicles and firefighting equipment has continued to increase over time; however the size of storage sheds have remained the same.

“Firefighters protect all Victorians every day and our CFA volunteers play an important role in not only fighting fires, but also many other roles in the community.

“I will continue to stand up for our local people to ensure the voices of our country communities are heard.

“It’s time for the Andrew Labor Government to show their support for our CFA volunteers in Dimboola and fund the new fire shed they desperately need.

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