By Oliver Lees
The Carlsruhe Fire Brigade is looking better than ever, with the station officially reopening last week.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) site received $1.1million to upgrade its facilities, including a brigade office, multipurpose room, onsite car parking and a new storage venue for breathing apparatus.
Founded in 1959 on Three Chain Road adjacent to the Calder Freeway, the Carlsruhe Brigade responds to an estimated 100 incidents annually in surrounding communities.
The Carlsruhe Brigade have been involved in deployments during Ash Wednesday, the 2009 Victorian Bushfire, the Cobaw fire and the Mallacoota fires of 2019-20, where a Carlsruhe tanker joined 17 others to defend the town on New Year’s Eve.
The Victorian government acting minister for police and emergency services, Danny Pearson said the development would assist the brigade to deliver assistance.
“The Carlsruhe Brigade and its volunteers have a proud history of fighting fires and keeping the local and broader Victorian community safe and this new station will ensure this can continue well into the future,” he said.
“We’re ensuring our volunteer firefighters have the resources they need to continue their selfless work and keep Victorian communities safe.”
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said it was a positive step see an investment in the a station with “humble beginnings”.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and this new station gives volunteers at Carlsruhe Brigade the facilities they deserve.”