- Department of Fire and Emergency Services provides more than $830,000 worth of chemical detection and identification equipment
- The ChemCentre of Western Australia to operate, store, and maintain equipment
- Explosive detectors, RadEye radiation detector, mercury detector and infrared absorption detector among new equipment
- Memorandum of understanding renewed between DFES and ChemCentre
Western Australia's ability to identify and respond to hazardous materials has been boosted with the delivery of more than $830,000 worth of chemical detection and identification equipment to the State's ChemCentre.
The portable equipment has been provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) for the ChemCentre to assist with the on-site detection and identification of solid, liquid and gas materials at hazardous events.
The equipment includes:
- Explosives detectors;
- Radiation detectors;
- AP4C flame photometric detectors;
- HAZMAT ID elite solid/liquid phase Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer;
- DX4040 gas phase Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer; and
- Jerome J405 mercury analyser.
The new equipment will assist emergency services to more easily detect and identify hazardous materials on site, helping to protect the community and responders.
A memorandum of understanding was also renewed today between the two agencies acknowledging the ChemCentre's expertise in identifying and helping to manage hazardous substances.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
"This equipment will make a substantial difference in the operation of our State's emergency services.
"There are a range of hazardous materials that may appear innocuous or undetectable to humans but can pose substantial risk to the community and emergency responders.
"The faster the crews can identify what they are facing and respond appropriately, the better it is for everyone.
"Because the equipment is portable it will also be used in regional areas meaning the entire State can benefit from the expertise and skill of the State's ChemCentre in dealing with these hazardous situations."
Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:
"ChemCentre brings world-class expertise and specialist knowledge to the area of chemical identification in HAZMAT and related incidents.
"DFES and ChemCentre are internationally and nationally recognised for their HAZMAT and chemical emergency response teams.
"This arrangement further strengthens the State's collaborative approach to crisis and emergency management."
Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Science Minister's office - 6552 6100