Rowville CFA Captain John Farrer was joined by local MPs Kim Wells and Nick Wakeling and CFA District 13 Operations Manager Dave Renkin at the announcement of the 6000 m² site at the corner of Wellington Road and Le John Street, Rowville.
The brigade will also integrate paid firefighters supporting 55 operational volunteers.
Planning is underway to introduce a day shift of paid staff at the current station, eventually moving to supporting volunteer firefighters around the clock once the new station is opened.
The development is funded by the Victorian Government’s $60.4 million Project 2016, to meet increased demands on volunteer brigades in urban growth corridors.
District 13 Operations Manager Dave Renkin said the new station would ensure the best level of service for the areas 35 thousand residents.
“Rowville has seen significant growth, particularly over the past 20 years. The new fire station will ensure the increasing demands of the community are met now and into the future,” Mr Renkin said.
“We are extremely lucky to have secured a suitable site, particularly at a time when land is scarce.”
The development will include accommodation for 6 staff, a 4 bay drive through motor room, a meeting room, staff dayroom, brigade offices, training yard and car park.
Planning and consultation with neighbouring residents and CFA members will take place over coming months with construction expected to begin in September, pending regulatory approval.
It’s anticipated the new station will be open for business around August 2013.
Rowville Captain John Farrer said the area had changed significantly over the brigades 70 year history.
“This will be the third home of Rowville CFA. From its humble beginnings as a bush brigade to responding to more than 300 calls a year, we have watched the area grow to become a huge population centre,” Mr Farrer said
He added while there was a tinge of sadness at moving to become an integrated brigade, the partnership between volunteer and paid staff would ensure the highest standards of service will continue to be delivered to community.
“I’m confident this new station will secure Rowville CFA’s future for another 70 years.”