Tawonga Rural Fire Brigade Captain Steve Rigoni and Secretary Ian Smith outside the upgraded Tawonga Fire Station.

CFA Regional Manager to open Tawonga Fire Station upgrade

A $40,000 upgrade to the Tawonga Fire Station will be officially opened on Saturday, 15 January at 2:30pm by CFA Regional Manager Alan Davies.

The upgrade has resulted in more storage space, driveway improvements, new platforms and manual handling systems, drainage works and additional parking facilities.

Tawonga Rural Fire Brigade Captain Steve Rigoni said the upgrade would allow easier storage of fire fighting equipment.

“In the past we have stored gear in people’s sheds, and anywhere else we could find room,” he said.

“In some instances we would be relying on individual fire brigade members being available to use some pieces of equipment.

“Now we can store all our equipment in the one shed which makes life much easier for the fire brigade.”

Mr Rigoni said that the upgrade would not have been possible without funding from the Salvation Army.

“The $40,000 upgrade was funded entirely by the Salvation Army,” he said.

“We are thankful for the contributions of everyone involved especially the Salvation Army, Tawonga Rural Fire Brigade, Dederang CFA and Alpine Shire Council.”

Mayor Cr Nino Mautone congratulated the Tawonga Rural Fire Brigade and urged the Tawonga community to attend the opening which coincides with Saturday’s ‘Back to Tawonga’ celebrations.

“The 60 members of the Tawonga Rural Fire Brigade have worked tirelessly since August, on a limited budget to achieve this upgrade,” he said.

“It is vital that our local fire brigades have all their fire fighting equipment in one easily accessible location.

“Bushfires pose a real threat in the Alpine Shire, and our communities must be prepared, especially as we approach the warmer months.”

Mr Rigoni warned that grass fires could pose a danger after several weeks of warm weather.

“If it does dry up fast moving grass fires will pose a risk despite the recent rain.”

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