New traffic lights outside Craigieburn Fire Station have been officially switched on, making it safer for fire trucks as they enter or exit the station.

The Andrews Government contributed $30,000 and CFA $300,000 to the project, which improves access to and from busy Craigieburn Road.

The signals include an emergency phase, which can be triggered by personnel within the station.

Existing traffic lights at the nearby intersection of Craigieburn and Bridgewater Roads have been upgraded and can also be triggered from the fire station when an emergency is underway.

Craigieburn CFA has 26 volunteer and 24 career firefighters who respond to an average of 450 incidents each year.

Quotes attributable to Ros Spence, Member for Yuroke

“Fire crews at Craigieburn are now able to attend emergencies quicker and safer as a result of these new traffic signals.”

“I’m really pleased that these traffic lights have been installed. They make it easier for personnel at Craigieburn CFA to continue to perform the great work they do. ”

“This is a boost not only for our emergency services personnel, but also for motorists and pedestrians thanks to the safer conditions.”

Quotes attributable to Dave Maxwell, Operations Officer, Craigieburn CFA

“The Craigieburn CFA acknowledge and appreciate the support of the State Government for the installation of the new traffic lights and road markings outside of our fire station.  It has not only improved firefighter safety, but the safety of all other road users.  It allows easy access for our fire trucks onto this extremely busy road, resulting in safer and more efficient response times”

“We continually try and improve our service delivery to the area, and this initiative certainly supports that.  We ask that all road users obey the traffic lights and assist us getting to those in need more efficiently.”