Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New emergency services headquarters in South-West

    9/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Emergency services boosted in the South-West with new headquarters
    A new $1.4million emergency services headquarters in Manjimup will ensure the South-West region is well equipped to deal with the upcoming bushfire season.

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today opened the new facility, which will be the co-ordination point for the local government areas of Busselton, Augusta-Margaret River, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Donnybrook-Balingup and Boyup Brook.

    Mr Johnson said the new headquarters reflected the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to the South-West region and its more than 5,000 emergency services volunteers.

    “With the largest regional economy in Western Australia, the South-West is experiencing significant population increases, resulting in greater demands on our emergency services,” he said.

    “It is crucial we provide our volunteers and staff all the support we can to allow them to protect and serve the community.”

    The Minister said it was vital for everyone to play their part and work together in preparing for another busy bushfire season.

    “The opening of this new regional office is just one way the State Government can support the emergency services personnel that keep these local communities safe,” he said.

    “Fire management agencies have been preparing for a challenging season by working collaboratively to reduce bushfire risks through prescribed burning, mechanical fuel management and upgrading fire breaks.

    “The Government has also funded the return of the Busselton-based Type 1 water bombing helicopter, which can drop 4,000 litres of water and carry up to 15 firefighters and equipment.

    “I urge South-West residents to do their own preparations by clearing vegetation around their properties and having a bushfire survival plan in place.”

          Fact File
    • The new offices at Manjimup will service the South-West’s network of volunteers, which include 99 Bush Fire Brigades, 12 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Brigades, seven State Emergency Service units and five Volunteer Marine Rescue groups
    • 11 staff and four community emergency services managers support the region
    • The Type 1 water bombing helicopter will be based in Busselton from January 1 - or earlier if the season demands
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