Avoca Fire Station opens

Avoca firefighters will now be better equipped than ever to tackle fires in the region with the official opening of their new $1 million fire station last month.

The new Avoca Fire Station and Pyrenees Group Local Command Facility, built on Station Street in Avoca, cost a total of $1.24 million and was funded under the CFA station replacement program, along with $56,172 contributed by the Avoca Fire Brigade.

With the fire season quickly approaching, Avoca Fire Brigade Captain Aaron McHoul said the new station is “brilliant” and will help local firefighters tackle fires this summer.

“We’d been trying to get a new station for a good three to four years so this is excellent,” he said.

“It took around three or four months to build and CFA were really good about it, they got it done well and truly in time for the fire season.”

Captain McHoul said the station is a significant step up from the brigade’s original Rutherford Street station which was built in 1923.

“The old facilities were really run down, window frames were rotten and the station was too small for the amount of equipment we’ve got,” he said.

“We had it all spread fairly wide but now it’s all kept in one spot.”

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 9

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