Member for Murray Plains and Leader of the Victorian Nationals Peter Walsh has opened the Swan Hill Fire Stations $365,000 building extensions.

The event extensions incorporate  a new $21,000 30kVA Generator and the opening saw him hand over keys to two brand new firefighting vehicles, a $600,000 Scania Medium Pumper and a $450,000 Iveco Heavy Tanker.

The building extension increased the fire station by 126 square metres allowing for a larger meeting room, larger kitchen with new appliances, and additional office and new toilet facilities for males, females and wheel chair access.

The Swan Hill Fire Brigade would like to thank and acknowledge the community’s generosity in supporting their fundraising efforts, which has allowed the brigade to raise $300,000 which has funded the majority of the extensions.

 CFA (Country Fire Authority) provided $40,800 and Victorian State Government provided $24,000 through the Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program.

The new 30kVA Generator was provided by CFA fully installed costing $21,000.

The generator is powerful enough to power the entire station in the event of a power outage. It’s hard wiring into the power board will allow the generator to automatically kick in within seconds of losing power.

The new Scania Medium Pumper primarily used for fires within the township of Swan Hill, comes fully stowed with all the required Stowage Equipment

The new Iveco Heavy Tanker used primarily for grass fires and incidents outside of the Swan Hill and supporting the wider community, has a crew cab chassis with crew protection system, a 4000 litre capacity, 200L fuel tank.

The opening of the building extensions and vehicle handover by Mr Walsh was held on Thursday night.