FLATTENED: The old Nambour Fire Station has been demolished. In the short term, the site will serve as a parking area.
FLATTENED: The old Nambour Fire Station has been demolished. In the short term, the site will serve as a parking area. Warren Lynam

Gone in a rumble: Old fire station bites dust

NAMBOUR residents woke on Saturday morning to find an unexpected gap in the town's main street.

The spot where the local fire station had stood for 58 years was suddenly empty.

Demolition crews moved onto the Currie St site on Friday night and by morning all that remained was a pile of rubble.

While the old building wasn't the prettiest in the town, there will be many who will miss it.

Among them is retired firefighter Fred Heiniger, who began his 40-year career in the building.

Namour Fire Station Officer Fred Heiniger is retiring next week after 40 years of service. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Namour Fire Station Officer Fred Heiniger is retiring next week after 40 years of service. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

"The station itself was a beautiful old brick building with double insulated glass," Mr Heiniger said.

"It was past its use-by date, but it's sad to see it just get demolished and nothing saved."

The station was vacated in 2009 and the Nambour area is now serviced by a new building on Bli Bli Rd.

Mr Heiniger said it simply wasn't big enough for modern-day firefighting.

"We couldn't do anything (to the vehicles) inside the station," he said.

"Anything had to be done outside."

The old Nambour Fire Station
The old Nambour Fire Station Chris McCormack

Opened on December 15, 1956, the building served as a home-away-from-home to many firemen.

It originally provided accommodation for the fire chief, his family and two permanent officers.

When the fire chief moved out, the top floor was turned into a communications centre.

When that was relocated to Kawana, the area became a kitchen for firemen.

Another long-time Nambour fireman said there were mixed emotions about the demolition and many wondered why the building was never heritage-listed. "The building served its purpose for 50-60 years," he said.

"But everything moves on and we needed to relocate.

"There's a lot of emotion, now, seeing it as rubble."

The site is owned by the State Government and managed by the Queensland Police Service, which is believed to have plans for a new building.

A police spokesman said it would be used for parking until the development began.


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