THE Broughton and District Fire Brigade celebrated the official opening of its new $324,000 station on Thursday.
The Broughton and District Fire Brigade has been running since 1938 and has 29 members.
Featuring a two-bay motor room, a water tank and ample storage facilities, the new Colorbond shed occupies the south-west corner of Telopea-Broughton and F. Wheaton’s roads.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said the new station would help the brigade’s fire-fighters serve the community well into the future.
“It’s vital that we have a well equipped fire station, not only to protect the local farming community at Broughton, but to help prevent bushfires in the nearby Wyperfeld and Little Desert national parks,” he said.
“This brigade is often called upon to fight stubble fires and fires caused by headers. Members of this brigade have also been involved in major incidents.”
Mr Delahunty said the new station would be better equipped to hold meetings and training exercises.
He said the money for the building came from the State Government’s Rural Fire Station Replacement Program.
The government committed $61 million towards upgrading fire stations across the state in this year’s budget.
Horsham and District CFA operations officer Trevor Ebbels said Broughton was not the only brigade in the region to benefit from the program.
He said the State Government had helped rebuild at least 10 other stations in the area in recent years.
Mitre, Douglas, Minyip and Minimay’s fire stations are among those Mr Ebbels said had been rebuilt.
“There are more to come,” he said.
He said plans to rebuild about 10 more stations in the district would advance because of State Government funding announced this financial year.