Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

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

    New base for Great Southern SES volunteers

    5/05/2016 10:00 AM
    • $630,000 purpose-built SES facility opens in Gnowangerup
    • New headquarters to co-ordinate searches, rescues and training 

    Emergency services volunteers in the Great Southern community of Gnowangerup are now better resourced, with the opening of a new purpose-built State Emergency Service (SES) facility.


    Officially opening the $630,000 building today, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the new base would enhance emergency response for the local community.


    "The State Government is committed to providing first-class facilities to support our volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others during emergencies," Mr Francis said.


    "This new building will provide a modern and well-equipped base for Gnowangerup's hardworking SES volunteers, with dedicated operations and communications facilities, a spacious training room and ample office and storage space.


    "The Gnowangerup SES unit has played a pivotal role in the community, including responding to complex search and rescue missions at Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges, road crash rescues and storm damage repair work.


    "I'm confident this new facility will serve the Gnowangerup community and surrounding areas for many years to come."


    The Minister said Government support for fire and emergency services volunteers was a vital part of helping to make communities safe and resilient.


    "We all rely on these volunteers when there's an emergency and they spend countless hours training to ensure they are ready to respond," he said.


    For more information about volunteering in emergency services, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au


    Fact File

    • The Gnowangerup SES unit was established in 1985 and currently has 20 members
    • The unit responds to incidents including storm and flood damage, land searches, road crash rescues, building repairs, evacuations and bushfire ground support
    • In 2015, the unit responded to 13 incidents and dedicated more than 715 hours 

    Minister's office - 6552 6500