Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Minister inspects new facilities and equipment for volunteer fire services

    3/07/2011 12:00 AM

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today inspected the recently refurbished Katanning Fire Station and a Hazmat Structural Rescue Fire Appliance.


    Mr Johnson said the refurbished facility and the new appliance - worth a total of almost $600,000 - were an important investment through the Emergency Services Levy to support the Katanning Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS).


    The refurbishments to the existing fire station included a new roof, paint, an electrical upgrade, kitchen refurbishment and flooring to the value of $220,000.


    The $370,000 appliance had replaced the previous outdated model and featured the ability to carry more water and hold more equipment, especially for road crash rescues.


    The Minister commended the Katanning VFRS, which had provided support and protection to the local community for nearly 100 years.


    “Since the 1920s the volunteers have protected and safeguarded the Katanning community,” he said.


    “Today there are 20 active and dedicated volunteers in the VFRS who carry on that tradition and do a tremendous job in delivering essential emergency services.


    “The new facility and equipment will support these volunteers in their critical role in fighting fires and coming to the aid of those affected by road crashes.”


    Mr Johnson also praised the Katanning VFRS captain Trevor Watson, who was a finalist in the ‘Firefighter of the Year Award’ in 2010, for his dedication and hard work on building up the local volunteer fire and rescue service.


    “Trevor has demonstrated great leadership and success in being able to attract the youth of Katanning to join the volunteer and rescue in performing this essential community service,’ he said.


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