A NEW $1.55-million base for Wycheproof’s emergency services opened on Sunday, 18 months after construction started.
State Emergency Service unit controller Cameron Arnel said the new base would mean faster response times and technology would make life quicker and easier for SES and CFA volunteers.
“The shed is set up as an incident control centre,” he said.
It had space for six vehicles –three for the SES and three for the CFA, a large multi-purpose room and a kitchen.
Mr Arnel said the upgrade had been in the pipeline for about a decade.
Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh said the previous SES base was little more than two old shire garages that were in poor condition, too small and in the wrong place.
Both the SES and CFA have also received new vehicles.
The CFA has a new $335,000 fire and rescue medium tanker with a 2350-litre water tank. It also has a $222,000 light pumper with foam tank and 1200-litre water tank.
Mr Walsh said the State Government had given the SES $44,463 to buy a new vehicle. GrainCorp also donated a Toyota Hilux.
Mr Walsh announced more than $305,000 would be allocated to CFA and SES units in his electorate.
Grants include $24,285 for Charlton Fire Brigade to complete a $36,427 project, which will involve a new shed and roller doors.
Rupanyup SES will receive $41,560 to buy a four-wheel-drive wagon.
St Arnaud SES will receive $41,353 to buy a dual-cab ute.
Navarre Fire Brigade will receive $1293 to buy a new generator, some lights and a stand.