Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Work begins on new emergency services facility in Swan

    7/12/2010 12:00 AM

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today turned the first sod at the site of the new Swan Emergency Services Facility.


    The $1.2million facility, which will be built near the Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan, will collocate the Swan Volunteer State Emergency Services (SES) unit and the City of Swan’s Communications Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (BFB).


    The State Government has approved funding of more than $860,000 for the new building, comprising $700,000 from the FESA Capital Works Program and $161,000 from the Emergency Services Levy Grants Scheme.


    Mr Johnson said the new collocated facility planned for the site would enhance volunteers’ capability to respond to different types of emergencies throughout the City of Swan and neighbouring communities.


    “Our local SES and Swan BFS Communications Brigade volunteers have had a very busy past twelve months,” he said.


    “Swan SES volunteers responded to almost 90 incidents and volunteered more than 5,635 hours in the past year, including 557 hours spent assisting during the March hailstorm.


    “They have also assisted police with a number of searches over the past twelve months, some lasting many days.


    “The Swan BFS Communications Brigade volunteers have responded to a number of challenging fires already this bushfire season, including the recent Karnup-Golden Bay bushfire in the City of Rockingham, which threatened a number of homes and burned more than 530 hectares.


    “I cannot emphasise enough how fortunate the community is to be able to rely on such a dedicated group of volunteers, especially when disaster strikes.”


    Currently, volunteers from both services are based in the City of Swan’s Works Depot.


    The new single storey facility will feature a dedicated training room, operations room, offices for local managers, kitchen, shower and change room facilities, five-bay garage and two storage sheds.


    The City of Swan is complementing the Government’s contribution by providing $350,000 for the extension of the sewer lines, building of a carpark and management of the contract.


    Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the sod turning marked the beginning of a new era in fire management.


    “FESA is now responsible for most of the fire management across the city, a change caused by former rural areas becoming new suburbs as people continue to buy reasonably priced land close to Perth,” he said.


    “Therefore it’s essential that there is strong, collaborative, integrated community protection from fires and other natural occurrences - an outstanding service which FESA and the SES provide.”


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