The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to allocate urgent funding to refurbish the Creightons Creek Fire Station, after a recent incident where a volunteer was lucky to avoid serious injury.
In an adjournment matter directed to the Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell relayed the incident that occurred on 20 February, where the panel lift door of the fire station collapsed, narrowly missing the volunteer who was required to stand underneath it to operate it.
The faulty door to the station’s two-bay motor room has been a safety issue for over 20 years, having fallen and struck the brigade’s tankers on two previous occasions. In 2000 the cabin of the tanker was so badly damaged that the vehicle was unable to turn out and in 2013 the door collapsed and knocked all the lights off the roof of the fire truck as it was exiting the station.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said the latest incident showed how dangerous the faulty door had become for the Creightons Creek volunteers and reinforced the need for the State Government to provide urgent funding for the station’s upgrade to include a new two bay motor room.
As well as the dangerous door, the station has many other maintenance issues including a leaky roof and a lack of storage for equipment and paperwork.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The volunteers from the Creightons Creek Fire Brigade risk their lives to protect their community and the Government must immediately invest funding to upgrade this station to ensure they are safe in their own fire station.
“The Minister needs to allocate urgent funding to refurbish the Creightons Creek station, including a new two bay motor room and a new panel lift door.”
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