After nearly nine years of hard work and dedication, the Rockleigh Country Fire (CFS) Service brigade finally have their new station.
The group were handed the keys to the brand-new facility on Black Heath Road on Monday after just over two months of construction, and brigade captain Don Moore said it was relieving.
“It’s fantastic to actually have a place now where we can all come together,” he said.
Don and his wife Lorraine had sought to establish the Rockleigh brigade in 2009, believing there was a desperate need for one, and they became registered in 2012.
“We had to do it because units used to come from all over the place to help battle fires that we could have been onto if we had our own crews,” Mr Moore said.
“We’re in no man’s land here, so we really needed to be able to help ourselves first and not wait for others.”
The new space would allow the 18 firefighters to complete their work in a more professional manner, something Mrs Moore said they had previously struggled to do.
“Since we got started we had been operating out of our house,” she said.
“We had to do all the paperwork and incident reports from inside of our house, and I think a lot of our members felt like they were intruding or invading our private space.”
Second leftenant John Pym said the facility was in a much more central area for the area’s firefighters.
“It’s a lot easier access for just about all of us,” he said.
The station was also designed to be a last resort area for residents in the case of an emergency.
“It will be reassuring for a lot of people to be able to come here in a state of emergency,” Mr Pym said.
The CFS have provided necessities, but the brigade had also been supported by the Rockleigh CFS Support Group, who had raised money to help fit-out the new station.
“We’ve really appreciated their efforts, so it will be good to buy the things we need to buy to help us out,” Mr Moore said.
The brigade will also receive a refurbished dual-cab truck in coming months.