Community safety in Fitzroy Crossing will receive a significant boost, with the expansion of the town’s emergency services unit, and work starting soon on the construction of a new $10.2million police station.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson visited Fitzroy Crossing today to officially open the extension of the Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) unit headquarters, which will enable local volunteers to better respond to major incidents and natural disasters affecting the community.
“We all know that VES volunteers play an important role in fighting fires and this building, complete with its new breathing apparatus room, will no doubt make their role of training and preparing for such events much easier,” Mr Johnson said.
“In addition to structural fire fighting and bushfire control, the unit also attends vehicle rescues and hazardous materials incidents, and conducts search and rescues in the tourist areas of Geikie Gorge.
“During last year’s dry season, the unit was very active providing fire fighting support to the shire at several significant pastoral station fires in the Fitzroy Valley area.
“It was about this time last year that members of the unit were attending the Tarunda shopping centre fire, which caused $3million damage and destroyed the only supermarket and post office for 230km in either direction of Fitzroy Crossing.
“The team also delivers food and supplies to outlying communities when the Fitzroy River floods.
“These volunteers are the backbone of emergency services in remote towns such as Fitzroy Crossing and the local community is very fortunate to be able to call on such dedicated people in times of need.
“I would like to sincerely congratulate and thank the team at the Fitzroy Crossing VES for their commitment and persistence in completing this extensive building project, particularly inaugural officer in charge of the unit, Andrew Twaddle.”
The Minister said the State Government had allocated $1.3million over four years for the enhancement of essential aerial controlled burning programs in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
He also toured the Fitzroy Crossing Police Station, which would soon be replaced with a new purpose-built facility, expected to be completed by December 2011.
Mr Johnson said the new facility would accommodate 14 police personnel and be located on the existing police station site fronting Fallon Road.
“The new facility will include office areas, a dedicated electronic interview room, gymnasium, storage facilities, an operations room and a forensic examination garage and district training facility,” he said.
“It will be a significant improvement on the current station, which is in poor condition and cannot adequately accommodate existing or future staffing levels.
“This new police station at Fitzroy Crossing is part of the State Government’s commitment to providing hundreds of extra police officers to fight crime in WA as well as ensuring that these officers have the best resources to carry out their duties.”
Sandover Pinder Architects has been appointed to design the new station.
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