Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan
New $1.13 Million Base For West Gidgegannup Bushfire Volunteers
Victor P Taffa
- Biggest investment ever for stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility
- Base will cover 400 sqm and include incident control and radio rooms
- Collaboration between West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade, the City of Swan and Department of Fire and Emergency Services
McGowan Government has today announced a record $1.13 Million will be invested in a brand new facility for the West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade.
“This has been a great example of collaboration by the department, the City of Swan and the West Gidgegannup volunteers.” Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said.
“I want to acknowledge the tireless advocacy of the volunteers who worked hard to get this new facility.”
Funding is the largest ever investment in a stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility in Western Australia’s history.
New purpose-built facility will house 4 appliances and include incident control and radio rooms.
It will be spread across 400 sqm and was a result of a collaboration between the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the City of Swan and the West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade.
“I am so pleased to be able to assist the West Gidgegannup VBFB secure a fire station after a wait of more than 3 years.” Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said.
“Our firefighting volunteers do such an important role protecting the community, and it is critical that they have the resources they need to do the job.”
Brigade, which has been protecting its community for more than 50 years, has been storing its fire appliances on private property.
“They currently store their appliances on private property, so I’m very pleased that not only will they be getting a proper base, but it will be purpose-built to meet their current and future needs.” Minister Logan said.
This new facility will not only increase the brigade’s response times, but will also provide a first-class base to make it easier and more efficient to help build the brigade’s skills and knowledge.
It is expected the new base will be complete by August 2019.