Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today officially opened a new Fire & Rescue station to serve the Tuggeranong Valley and Lanyon for many years to come.
“This new state-of-the-art Fire & Rescue station is the latest facility the ACT Government has delivered to the Canberra community as part of the ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA) Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy,” Ms Burch said.
The new facility replaces the ACT Fire & Rescue Station on the corner of Scollay and Reed Street at Greenway.
“The site was selected by the ACT Emergency Services Agency after extensive research, which included station location modelling to ensure that new emergency service stations are located to respond to emergency incidents across the Territory as effectively as possible.”
“This is the second new emergency services station delivered under the ESA Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy. In late 2013, a new Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station was opened at Charnwood, West Belconnen, and work has recently commenced on delivering a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station at Aranda.”
“This wonderful new Fire & Rescue station in South Tuggeranong is clear evidence of the ACT Government’s commitment to better serve the emergency service needs and expectations of the Canberra community,” Ms Burch concluded.
The new Fire & Rescue station contains many environmentally sustainable design initiatives. These include:
• Rainwater harvesting;
• Hydronic in-slab heating and cooling;
• Solar generated electricity and solar powered hot water systems; and
• LED sensor lighting.
Canberrans will, tomorrow, have the opportunity to visit their new Fire & Rescue station with an ‘open day’ being held between 10am and 3pm at the new station which is located right next to the roundabout at the intersection of Tharwa and Drakeford Drives.