The new site replaces the old group HQ which was located at the rear of the Bacchus Marsh fire station.
Members from the Bacchus Marsh, Balliang, Coimadai, Myrniong, Parwan and Rowsley brigades, together with representatives from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Parks Victoria and the State Emergency Service, turned out to the opening and inspected the new facility.
Bacchus Marsh Group Officer Gerry Lavery said, “It is great that we now have a group headquarters and the facilities that enable the group to run incidents more effectively”.
Gerry thanked the CFA Grampians Regional Director Don Kelly, District 15 Operations Manager Geoffrey Gray and District 14 Operations Officer John Anderson for their assistance and commitment that enabled the project to go ahead.
The new centre has improved training and meeting facilities, which will also be well used when managing incidents.
Gerry said that as a result of the project operational personnel from CFA and other emergency response agencies have the resources required to manage an incident in a dedicated area, eliminating external disruptions. “The centre can also be made available for other emergency services to use during incidents,” Gerry said.
The new facility, with access to parking and a floor area of 140 square metres, provides an effective area for training activities for all personnel. The new location has improved work spaces for both operation and administrative support to deliver better service and support to brigades and the community.