Construction has begun this month on a $5.5 million Rowville Country Fire Authority (CFA) station, a development which may offer a sense of security to owners of real estate in Rowville.
Four paid firefighters and 55 volunteers will be placed in the fire station – located on the corner of Wellington Road and Le John Street – to care for the residents of an area that has grown substantially over the past two decades.
Eastern Metropolitan regional director Dave Baker said the new project will ensure that the 35,000 odd residents will benefit now and into the future.
He said: "To keep up with these growing demands, CFA needs to change the way it protects life and property in Rowville.
"Rowville has a proud history as a volunteer brigade, dating back more than 70 years. This new era will see volunteers and career firefighters serving side by side."
Mr Baker added that the station's location was carefully selected to ensure rapid response, given that it is on a main thoroughfare.
It is hoped that the fire trucks will be rolling out of the station by the end of this year.