GOLDEN Square's fire brigade could move out of one of Victoria's oldest stations if the City of Bendigo approves plans currently before its planning department.
The brigade wants a new home because its 111-year-old High Street headquarters is now too old and cramped.
The CFA hopes several parcels of land at the corner of Emmett Street and Specimen Hill Road might be a good place for a replacement.
"The new facility will benefit and serve the community by modernising the emergency fire services in Golden Square, which will accommodate several emergency vehicles and provide for the training and operations of volunteer firefighters," it said in documents lodged with the council.
The CFA expected to spend an estimated $1.9 million at 69-73 Specimen Hill Road if it got planning permission.
The project would include truck areas, office space, a kitchen, male and female turn out areas, maintenance and communications rooms, a workshop and store room.
Builders would also create driveways, as well as 32 onsite car parks, a training yard and a "standard hose trying tower".
The site currently includes two houses, a home swimming pool and a number of outbuildings that would need to be removed.
Several trees including a large, established one would also need to go, the CFA told the council.
The fire station could operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, given the nature of emergencies, the CFA said.
All of the brigade's members were volunteers and there would be no paid CFA employees permanently on site, it said.
Callouts typically require six to eight firefighters to arrive at the station, though that could be as high as 20 in the event of an emergency situation.
The brigade is currently called out to about 200 jobs each year.
"Annual call-outs are expected to rise slightly with the new station serving an increased population," the CFA said.
Volunteers would be most likely to be at the station between 8am and 5pm most days.
More might arrive for regular maintenance, meetings and training.
The brigade currently averages about 60 active members, the CFA said.
Bendigo's council is currently considering the application.
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