IT took six years but the March Rural Fire Service brigade finally has a place to call home.
With help from the state government and Cabonne Council, the brigade officially opened its $220,000 shed on Saturday.
Previously trucks were housed in member’s backyards and meetings were held in packing sheds.
Brigade captain John Kjoller could not believe the day had come when they could park their vehicles in their own shed.
“Doesn’t that sound magnificent after all these years,” Mr Kjoller said to the 100 strong crowd who showed up for the opening.
“There were plenty of people who didn’t think this would ever happen.”
Mr Kjoller was never one of those people.
The second, Rural Fire Service Canobolas Zone manager David Hoadley, told Mr Kjoller he should throw his hat in the ring for funding because he was like a dog with a bone.
But the project could not have been completed without a donation of land from Wayne Culverson.
Zone manager David Hoadley said the biggest problem with construction of fire service sheds was finding land appropriate for the buildings.
“Today is the start of a new era,” Mr Kjoller said.
One of Mr Kjoller’s motivating factors was 82-year-old volunteer Ray Miller.
Mr Kjoller said Mr Miller had told him he would retire when he reached 60 years of service.
He celebrated 62 years on Saturday.
“We wanted to make sure it was done for him.”
For a list of long service medals see Thursday’s Midstate Observer.