The MIA's newest fire station is up and running.
On Wednesday, the NSW Rural Fire Service celebrated the opening of the Widgelli-Wumbulgal Brigade's brand new fire station.
The $240,000 station has space for two tankers, a training room, amenities room, storeroom and kitchen as well as a concrete pad for training and washing trucks.
Group captain John Payne says both the brigade and the community will benefit from the new facility.
"It's just got fantastic facilities. There's showers, toilets, kitchens, air conditions, TVs. It's an amazing facility," Captain Payne said.
"It's a great community asset. Not just for the RFS but for community events as well."
The Widgelli and Wumbulgal fire brigades previously operated seperately, and acting area commander Superintendent Paul Jones said this would likely be the first time some of the firefighters had operated out of a fully-fledged station.
"Before this new station was built, the brigade's tankers were stored at a neighbouring properties and brigade meetings were held in members' sheds and garages," Supt Jones said.
"I am certain this new building is greatly welcomed by all and will assist with vehicle housing, training and the fighting of fires locally."
"It will also be available for other brigades in the area for training purposes."
The station was built with support from both Griffith City Council and Leeton Shire Council.
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Member for Murray Helen Dalton, Griffith mayor John Dal Broi and other council staff attended the opening.
Mayor Dal Broi said the fire station showecased successful cooperation between councils.
"Cooperation between Griffith council and Leeton isn't common, but this is just a perfect example of what we can achieve when we do work together," mayor Dal Broi said.
"We've provided a facility that is modern and up to date, with great modern equipment. It's just a great outcome."
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