We spoke with Warrnambool CFA about their new(ish) station and their role within the community. What a great looking station!
Warrnambool is a coastal town about 250 kms to the west of Melbourne (about 3 hrs drive). We are at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Warrnambool is a regional city of about 32,000 people and is the largest city in the south west of Victoria. The Brigade here is an integrated CFA Brigade with 6 staff per shift 24/7 on a 10/14 roster and a team of about 40 volunteers. We average around 550 calls a year.
We have a Scania crewcab Heavy Pumper (Mills Tui build), a Scania Crew Cab Aerial Pumper (a.k.a Snozzle), an Isuzu Type 3 Heavy Pumper as a second pump, a Hino 3.4C (3000litre 4wd) Tanker, a Hazmat a medium Tanker and have two Ford Rangers, one being used as a Forward Control Vehicle and the other is for Ground Observers.
The station was one year old in April 2017, having opened for business in April 2016. It has very good space for vehicles and in the yard for training. It also features a roof-mounted gantry for rope rescue training and a good-sized multi-purpose room on the second floor for training and meetings.
We have a few specialist roles, one of which is Ground Observing which I have already mentioned. We also perform gas flare-offs, hazmat response and technical rescue – which involves steep and high-angle rescue, confined space rescue and trench rescue. Many of our staff and volunteers also perform specialist roles in Incident management and assist in a range of other areas.