Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

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

    Upgraded Geraldton Marine Rescue Base opens

    29/07/2016 10:30 AM
    • Lifesaving service supported by $800,000 renovation
    • Better equipment and facilities for volunteer rescue group 

    Marine safety along the Mid-West coast has been enhanced with Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today officially opening Geraldton's upgraded Volunteer Marine Rescue Group (VMRG) base.


    Mr Francis said the upgrade was made possible by an $800,000 Liberal National Government grant and would help meet the rescue group's growing needs.


    "The Batavia Coast has a thriving marine culture with recreational and commercial fishers, visitors and locals all relying on emergency services being at the ready," he said.


    "This upgrade provides Geraldton's marine rescue volunteers with a modern and well-equipped facility to continue their lifesaving work."


    The revamped base is more spacious and includes dedicated communications, office and training areas, new kitchen and bathroom facilities, and storage space for equipment and a second rescue boat.


    The building also has the capacity to accommodate other agencies in the event of a major emergency, thereby improving response collaboration and co-ordination.


    "The State Government is proud to have delivered this important project and is committed to supporting volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to keeping the community safe," the Minister said.


    Fact File

    • Geraldton VMRG base upgrade features radio rooms
    • Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) currently has 60 volunteers and has been operating for 28 years
    • In the past year, the group dedicated more than 2,300 volunteer hours attending 22 incidents
    • For more information about the VMRS, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6500


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