December 7, 2017

TEMPORARY HOME FOR BALLARAT’S NEWEST FIRE BRIGADE

The community of Lucas now has a fully operational fire brigade, which will be housed in a temporary home until its permanent fire station opens in 12 months.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard officially opened Lucas Fire Brigade’s interim station in west Ballarat today.

The building will ensure emergency response and delivery is available to the community while the permanent station at Lucas is built, thanks to $5.8 million in Andrews Labor Government funding.

The station will be operated by 25 career staff who will also support surrounding brigades, including Sebastopol, Smythesdale, Haddon and Wendouree.

Fire trucks will be crewed with four firefighters initially and expand to six per truck by March 2018, with 10 additional career firefighters joining the brigade by then.

The permanent Lucas fire station is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, and will be staffed by both career and volunteer firefighters.

Lucas is one of 37 CFA fire stations equipped for Emergency Medical Response (EMR), with the nearby Ballarat City brigade also to become an EMR-equipped fire station.

Firefighters from EMR-equipped stations are dispatched at the same time as paramedics to respond to triple zero calls for heart attack patients and non-breathing patients.

Each EMR-capable station has the necessary medical equipment to perform the life-saving role, with defibrillators installed in the fire trucks.

The Labor Government has committed $46.7 million over the past two years towards the implementation of the EMR expansion to CFA stations.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The opening of the temporary Lucas CFA fire station is a vital investment in the safety of the community, with the permanent station set to open at the end of next year.”

“The new Lucas Fire Brigade will provide for a safer Lucas community, and will also ensure nearby areas have additional firefighting support if they need it.”