New home proposed for Booroorban firefighters

September 09, 2017

A new fire station shed is expected to be built at Booroorban.

Mid-Murray Zone RFS operations coordinator Inspector Jim Puniard has lodged a development application with Edward River Council for the construction of a double-bay fire station and a 22,000 litre rainwater tank.

The proposal was drawn up after the RFS recognised the Booroorban brigade had ‘‘outgrown’’ its current Wargam Rd site, however moving costs will be kept to a minimum as Insp Puniard said the station is expected to be constructed adjacent the current premises.

‘‘The old station was built about 30 years ago; it doesn’t suit the appliances and it’s very restricting,’’ he said.

‘‘The new station will be built to accommodate the current appliances, including a category six fire tanker which we’ve had for about a year, and a category one firefighting appliance.’’

Insp Puniard said the category six tankers are ‘‘wider than normal trucks’’, prompting them to opt for a more spacious home.

‘‘The station will also have another roller door at the rear for utes and trucks and a pedestrian access door — it will incorporate the same standard build as the Conargo and Wanganella stations,’’ he said.

‘‘This investment is about housing our vehicles in a better environment and providing the community with quality assets to fight fires with.’’

Insp Puniard said an expected cost was still to be determined, however the application was likely to go to tender next week.

‘‘Council will be taking on the project from here, and we’re hoping to have construction started in early October, depending on the weather,’’ he said.

‘‘The station should be ready around December to January.’’

Funding for the station was sourced from the Rural Fire Fighting Fund and Edward River Council, and the former site will return to council ownership. An official opening is expected to be held at the end of the fire season.

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