An Australian-first, environmentally friendly fire station is expected to be up and running in Derrimut in the first half of 2018.

The state government allocated $1.75 million in last month’s budget towards completing Brimbank’s sixth Metropolitan Fire Brigade station, set to be built at 337 Fitzgerald Road, Derrimut.

A brigade spokeswoman said an architectural contract for “Australia’s first five-star Green Star-built urban fire station” was out for tender.

“It’s expected the fire station will be completed in early-mid 2018,” she said.

The brigade has worked with the Green Building Council of Australia to develop a custom-built Green Star rating for fire stations.

The council first announced its partnership with the brigade in 2012.

Council chief executive officer Romilly Madew welcomed the “exciting” news of the Derrimut station.

“The rating will allow the brigade to design and deliver a station that is energy and water- efficient, minimises greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption, and features environmentally sustainable materials,” Ms Madew said.

“We’re excited that MFB has committed to achieve a Green Star rating for its new fire station at Derrimut.

“The MFB is setting new benchmarks for sustainability in the emergency services sector … we applaud its green leadership.”

The brigade spokeswoman said the MFB had been working with the Green Building Council for a number of years to support the design and delivery of sustainable fire stations.

Details of how many staff the station will employ or the number of appliances it will hold have not yet been revealed.