New fire and rescue station for south Tuggeranong
A NEW FIRE STATION FOR SOUTH TUGGERANONG
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today turned the first sod at the site for a brand new ACT Fire & Rescue station in South Tuggeranong.
"Located next to the roundabout intersection of Tharwa and Drakeford Drives, this new Fire & Rescue station in South Tuggeranong is the next step in the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy," Mr Corbell said.
"Improving emergency services coverage across the Territory as it grows is a priority for the ACT Government. The Tuggeranong community will benefit from a new Fire & Rescue station in this more strategic location that will better serve their needs."
"The ACT Government has committed $17.36 million in the current budget for the construction of the new Fire & Rescue station, which is due to be operational in early 2015."
ADCO Constructions (Vic) Pty Ltd has been selected to build the new station, with work scheduled to commence later this month. On completion, firefighters will relocate from the existing ACT Fire & Rescue station in the Tuggeranong town centre.
In what is believed to be a first for any Fire & Rescue station in Australia, fire vehicles will leave the new station directly entering into a roundabout.
"This will facilitate speedy multi directional emergency responses. Time is critical for all emergencies and having the ability to utilise an existing roundabout to enter traffic will enhance responses when firefighters are deployed to incidents.
"Following on from the successful launch of the combined Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in West Belconnen last year, this new Fire & Rescue station will also have many environmentally and sustainable design initiatives including rainwater harvesting, solar electricity and hot water.
"Importantly, staff from ACT Fire & Rescue have been involved in the development stage of this new station and local businesses and the community, including the Tuggeranong Community Council, have also been kept informed."
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Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases