Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

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

    New fire station support for northern suburbs

    20/05/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Official opening of new Butler Fire Station
    • $7.5 million station to respond to growing needs of the community

    Residents of some of Perth's newest suburbs will benefit from better-equipped fire and rescue services with the official opening today of a new career fire station at Butler.

     

    Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the $7.5 million Butler Fire Station provided firefighters with state-of-the-art equipment and training spaces.

     

    "The State Government recognises that having well-equipped fire services is essential to ensure the community is prepared for any emergency," Mr Francis said.

     

    "Firefighters make a vital contribution to our communities and their work directly affects the safety and wellbeing of the people they serve.

     

    "This new station will enhance the ability of firefighters to train for and respond to local emergencies, and has the capacity to accommodate extra personnel during major incidents."

     

    The Minister said the new station was part of the State Government's commitment to emergency services which includes completion or construction of 10 new fire stations.

     

    "This is an essential service and the community can be confident that our career firefighters are well-equipped to respond to emergencies alongside the dedicated fire and emergency services volunteers in the region," he said.

     

    The purpose-built Butler Fire Station includes a post incident hygiene shower which ensures firefighters are free of potential contaminants when they return from incidents.

     

    It also has two large double appliance bays and an increased accommodation capacity allowing for further expansion in the future. 

     

    Fact File

    • The new station also features a breathing apparatus servicing area, training and office areas, dormitories, a kitchen, gymnasium and vehicle rescue training pad
    • The station is crewed by career firefighters on a 24/7 rotational shift roster
    • The new station replaces a temporary station operating since 2005

    Minister's office - 6552 6500