Albion Park's $2.5 mil fire station opens

Albion Park firefighters get to check out their new facility in Russell Street. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Albion Park firefighters get to check out their new facility in Russell Street. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The Albion Park Fire and Rescue team spent their first hours at their new $2.5 million station on Wednesday afternoon.

While a few bits and bobs were yet to be set up, the crew was ready to go, responding quickly to testing of the new siren.

Sixteen permanent firefighters across four platoons are now stationed at the Russell Street building. Alongside 14 retained firefighters who are relocating from the previous station at Albion Park Rail, they will provide 24/7 coverage.

Metro South One zone commander Superintendent Ed Salinas said Albion Park was chosen as the spot for the new station after modelling identified a need.

"A permanent fire station is basically a house. It engenders that family ethos the fire brigade has because we all eat together, work together, sleep together," he said.

"It's a privilege to come and occupy a brand new building, it's a very rare thing because they're long-term projects."

Construction started at the end of last year, but Supt Salinas estimated planning began up to five years ago. The facility includes a gym, staff accommodation and a training room and houses two fire trucks.

Station commander Dennis Cornell from Platoon A said, "This is the first time in 30 years in the job that I've been at a brand new station and we're looking forward to working with the community in the new area."

An official opening will be held in November.

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