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 more quickly and safely 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 sand pedestrians thanks to the safer conditions.”