First it was the police, then it was Land Search and Rescue
and now it is the turn of the Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Plans for a new fire station were announced by New Zealand
Fire Service National Commander Paul Baxter in Wanaka
The station will be in Ballantyne Rd - slotting into the gap
between the new police station, opened in October, and the
new LandSAR Wanaka headquarters, which are due to be
completed in July.
Mr Baxter declined to say how much the station would cost,
but building consent had been obtained and tenders had been
Mr Baxter said the station build was part of a $200 million
upgrade of stations to meet earthquake standards ''so the
building would be standing after a pretty major seismic
event'' and it was also designed to cater for Wanaka's
''This is a really great project for the future.''
Chief Fire Officer Bruno Galloway said the brigade's 32
members were looking forward to moving out of the station in
the increasingly busy Ardmore St area.
''Just coming out of the main street is a bit of an issue.
''We've got a few bars close by with people wandering around
at night when we are trying to get out in a hurry.''
The new three-bay station would provide better access and
parking for firefighters and more space for training, and Mr
Galloway believed it would act as a ''hub'' for all 50 or so
volunteer firefighters in the various brigades in the Upper