Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Fire and rescue service upgrade for Mid-West

    22/11/2014 12:00 AM
    • $2 million volunteer fire and rescue station officially opened in Geraldton
    • New $710,000 Incident Control Vehicle for the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions

    A new $2 million volunteer fire and rescue station officially opened today in Geraldton will improve the capability of local emergency services in the State’s Mid-West.


    Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the station was part of a series of new and upgraded infrastructure projects being made available to volunteer and career emergency services by the State Government, through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.


    “This enhanced facility will enable the Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) to better perform their crucial role in the City of Greater Geraldton and neighbouring communities,” Mr Francis said.


    The new station features two large engine bay rooms, a kitchen, meeting room and training areas, including a road crash rescue training pad.


    Emergency services in the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions were strengthened further today with the commissioning of a new $710,000 Incident Control Vehicle (ICV).


    The Minister said the vehicle would be an essential resource in the command and co-ordination of large-scale incidents.


    “This mobile facility will provide a base for incident control and communication in locations where those facilities are not available,” he said.


    “Bushfires can happen anytime and anywhere, so it is crucial our fire services have the flexibility to move their operations to the best possible location.


    “Bushfire readiness is everyone’s responsibility and these new facilities are part of the State Government’s commitment to play its part in helping keep our community safe.”


    For more information about how to get ready for the bushfire season, visit http://www.areyouready.wa.gov.au


          Fact File

    • The Geraldton VFRS was formed in 1889 and has 35 active and probationary members
    • The new $2 million Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service station and $710,000 ICV were funded through the Emergency Services Levy

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