The ceremony will follow CFA tradition with a march from the old fire station at 112 Orange Avenue along Kalimna Drive to the new fire station at 326 San Mateo Avenue starting at 2.00pm.
District 18 Operations Officer Ron Shiner said the march symbolises the brigade leaving its old post and assuming its vigil over the community in the new fire station.
“The new Mildura Fire Station has been located and built to meet the current needs of the brigade responsible for protecting lives and property in this large provincial city,” he said.
“The station also has the foundations to enable it to continue to expand with the population growth of the greater area to meet the ever changing complexities of our work and the increasing demand for our services in the community.”
The $5.3 million state-of-the-art facility will boost service delivery in the local area, with benefits also flowing around Victoria and to interstate communities.
The station and district office cover an area of 4500m2 including shedding and storage rooms. It also boasts a training and meeting room, technical rope rescue training platform, accomodation for up to eight personnel, turnout and stand-by rooms, five engine bays and a large station yard for training and truck maintenance.
The building of the station began in May 2011, employing more than 100 local building contractors and tradespeople which was a great boost for the local economy. The brigade moved in to the completed station in July this year.
Volunteers contributed substantial funds through tireless commercial work servicing and inspecting portable fire equipment. This service was generously supported by local businesses.
The new station houses 22 career firefighters, 16 volunteer firefighters, 22 junior members and 42 volunteer support and auxiliary members.
“The new fire station and District 18 office will allow CFA to deliver a more comprehensive level of direct and timely support to the surrounding volunteer brigades as well as being able to offer the community specific information, guidance and fire safety related services,” Mr Shiner said.
“The building will also provide a much needed home for the Sunraysia Fire Brigades Group and double as a facility that can be used in local incident management.
“I have no doubt the CFA members in and surrounding Mildura will continue to protect and serve the community for many more years to come.”