Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Broome volunteers receive boost to resources

    11/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • More than $280,000 in funding backs local emergency services volunteers
    Emergency services volunteers in Broome will be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their local community thanks to new firefighting appliances and infrastructure upgrades.

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson met Broome Bush Fire Brigade volunteers today to officially handover a new $174,000 rural tanker.

    “Local firefighters have faced a challenging bushfire season this year and demonstrated the critical role they play in protecting local communities during an emergency,” Mr Johnson said.

    “Operating in an area covering almost 55,000 square kilometres, the local brigade has battled significant blazes at the Cape Leveque, Bidyadanga and Waterbank communities.

    “As the Kimberley transitions from dry season to wet season, conditions are expected to become even more demanding for firefighters.

    “The onset of electrical storms and dry lightning strikes in the build up to the wet have the potential to set fire to tinder dry vegetation, and fire crews need the best available equipment.

    “This new tanker will add to the brigade’s existing fleet and assist them in expanding their bushfire control operations into more rural properties, remote indigenous communities and pastoral leases surrounding Broome.”

    State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Broome also have a new look headquarters following the completion of substantial upgrades to their facilities.

    “As we move into another wet season, it is important that we support our SES personnel in the Kimberley by giving them access to the most up to date equipment and facilities,” the Minister said.

    “Earlier this year, Broome SES volunteers assisted not only their own community, but also neighbouring regions after they were impacted by record floods in March.

    “The improvements are worth over $100,000 and will not only meet the needs of local SES volunteers, but improve the regional response to emergencies like cyclones, floods, land searches and general rescues.”

    The upgraded SES facility includes a new training room, operations centre and unit manager’s office. 

          Fact File
    • There are currently 45 active BFB members and 21 SES members in Broome
    • Total funding allocated to Broome emergency services through the 2010-11 ESL Grants Program: $734,000
    Minister's office - 9222 9211