Station delights firemen

A FIRE station was once "just a great big garage with half a house tacked on to it".

So said station commander Dale Wade-Ferrell, comparing the old Cabramatta station with their new home on the corner of Cumberland Highway and St Johns Road.

Cabramatta firefighters moved into the $5 million station two months ago and they're "pretty chuffed with it".

"It's obviously very modern and well-positioned for us to respond quickly to any type of emergency we might get," Mr Wade-Ferrell said.

Special features include training and fitness rooms and a fire pole.

"It's far better than the old station," he said. "That one had a lot of history and a lot of character. But it's just like the nature of our work — dirty and grubby.

"This station is well designed, well thought out. It's a pleasure to come to work here. I think you'll have to drag me out."

The station was part of the NSW Labor government's $972 million investment in emergency services in 2010. About $10 million was allocated to the Cabramatta Fire & Rescue service, other fire station renovations and training facilities.

The new station was officially opened yesterday. Mr Wade-Ferrell was unsure of what will become of the old one, which was built in the 1960s.

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