Gympie Fire Station prepares to celebrate 80th birthday
ON Monday, August 24, the Gympie Fire Station, Queensland's oldest operational fire station, turns 80.
The station was built during the Second World War in 1940 for $7000 pounds - worth about $530,000 today.
It was opened on August 24, 1940, by the Minister for Health and Home Affairs, Mr E.M Hanlon.
Being Minister for Home Affairs it was in his portfolio to manage the formation of Air Raid Wardens for Queensland's defence.
About 171 people applied for the positions, with 135 completing the course.
Being the most predominant building on the hill with a 360-degree view without obstruction, it was a perfect choice and an air raid siren was added.
The war also played its part in the construction of the building. It was designed to have a corrugated iron roof but that was confiscated by the army and a bond wood roof was installed, but the wood was prone to leaks. As a result the builder was refused full payment.
The actual formation of the Gympie Fire Brigade occurred in November 1900.
To celebrate the 80th birthday there's an open day/birthday party taking place next Monday, August 24, at the Gympie station.