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.