Later Years

In 1972, due to the growth of industry in the area the Montrose Brigade applied to extend its rural charter and become an ‘urban' brigade. Due to the enhanced risk of industrial incidents in the area a van for carrying specialised extinguisher servicing equipment for factories was purchased. In 1974 increased residential and industrial development saw the formation of the Montrose Urban Brigade. Recognition of these additional urban responsibilities provided the brigade with improved fire fighting equipment thereby enhancing their fire fighting capabilities.

Over the years the donations provided by the Montrose community had been soundly invested and in 1974 the brigade was able to buy an International fire truck from these funds. This tanker had a capacity of 600 gallons (2,800 litres) and was maintained for the brigade by the Country Fire Authority.

This purchase finally precipitated the need for a larger and more modern station premises. A number of sites were considered, including the present scout hall. Eventually the current site was found by Jack Earney, and by arrangement it was purchased by the Shire of Lilydale who then leased it to the Country Fire Authority for 90 years.

In August 1976 the brigade held it's inaugural annual dinner dance function. Unfortunately the evening was interrupted by a bushfire that had started in the area and had burnt out 10 acres of land. However the Mt Evelyn Fire Brigade came to the rescue and attacked the fire allowing the Montrose brigade to enjoy their evening. This is a prime example of how brigades in the area had come to provide mutual support to each other in times of need, enhancing the effectiveness and availability of resources across the region.

In 1984, with a now highly efficient and well-trained brigade using modern equipment, the current station was opened. The building was funded by the Country Fire Authority at a cost of around $300,000 while the brigade funded the furniture and fittings. Completed at the end of August the station was built to the latest design to cater for the future needs of the area. It accommodates four fire-fighting vehicles and includes a meeting room, kitchen, office and watch room facilities. The grounds are fully landscaped with an area at the rear to allow training to occur. The end product of this investment is an attractive, high quality amenity. To this day it still offers the brigade an efficient and comfortable premises to work in, with a high profile image within the community. The premises are used extensively for meetings and training. The station came as a welcome relief to the crowded, outlived Leith Road fire station built in 1946.