The Athol (New Zealand) Volunteer Fire Brigade has recently settled into its new $1.6 million headquarters in northern Southland, reports stuff.co.nz. Since its opening earlier this month, three people have contacted the department about becoming volunteers.
The government contributed $1.4 million via its Shovel Ready Projects fund, while the remaining $200,000 was provided by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
The old station was a basic, two-bay building that had heating installed just three years ago. The new digs is nearly four times its size—from about 861 square feet to almost 3,423 square feet.
The new station’s features include a heated locker room, showers, toilets, kitchen, office, and an area for use as a common, meeting, or training room. A generator has been installed to keep the building operating in the event of electricity being cut in the town.
The station’s official opening will be in August.