Wallan fire station closed for COVID-19 deep clean

COUNTRY Fire Authority stations in Wallan and CFA District 12 headquarters office in Seymour are closed for deep cleaning in response to a CFA member testing positive to COVID-19.

The Kilmore station was also closed but has now re-opened after deep cleaning took place this morning.

The CFA member, a 26-year-old man from the Noble Park Fire Brigade, was serving as a resident support officer as part of the Australian Open quarantine program. 

He last worked at the Grand Hyatt hotel on January 29 and tested negative at the end of his shift, but later developed symptoms. The man was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Wednesday night. 

The man attended a CFA function subsequent to January 29, and a CFA spokesperson said potential contacts were being isolated and tested. 

“Noble Park Fire Brigade has been taken offline while this takes place. Alternative arrangements have been made between neighbouring brigades to ensure community safety and emergency response is not compromised,” the spokesperson said. 

“The Warrandyte, Wallan and Kilmore fire stations have been closed for deep cleaning, but the brigades are operational and responding to incidents. 

“District headquarter offices in Seymour, Dandenong and Shepparton were also closed for deep cleaning as a precaution. Cleaning of the Shepparton district headquarters has since been completed. 

“Brigades in District 8 and District 12 have reverted to essential activities only as a precautionary measure, with all non-essential activities postponed or cancelled. 

“Not all of the impacted stations have close contacts associated with the positive case. This is a cautious and safe approach to ensure the safety of our members and the community.” 

CFA acting chief executive Catherine Greaves and chief officer Jason Heffernan sent an email to members urging them to exercise caution and get tested if they displayed any symptoms. 

“Members are advised that CFA-issued face masks must be worn indoors at any CFA location, office and/or station to protect your health and the health of others,” the email said. 

“The mask-wearing requirements do not apply when members are required to wear a P2 mask or other operational respiratory protection due to respiratory risks identified at an incident ground.” 

More information on the outbreak is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus