- Biggest ever investment for a stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility
- Bushfire-prone community of West Gidgegannup to benefit from built-for-purpose facility with state-of-the-art incident control and radio rooms
A brand new station for the West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade was officially opened today providing a new base ahead of the bushfire season.
On top of a record sum of $1.295 million, the City of Swan added a generous $1.2 million for the built-for-purpose facility.
It is the biggest investment ever made in a stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility.
The new facility covers 400 square metres with space for four appliances, and includes state-of-the-art incident control and radio rooms.
The West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade volunteers, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the City of Swan worked collaboratively to plan and build the station.
The facility will help improve the brigade's response times and provide first-class facilities to make it easier for volunteers to train and upskill.
It is West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade's first permanent home.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"The State Government is proud to make this record investment in a long-needed facility for the West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade to help keep the community safer.
"Our firefighting volunteers do such an important role protecting the community, and it's critical that they have the resources they need to do the job.
"I have no doubt this new facility will serve West Gidgegannup well into the future and I wish volunteers all the best for the upcoming bushfire season."
Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw:
"A lot of work has gone into delivering this vital firefighting facility for our community and I'd like to thank everyone involved.
"It's been my pleasure to work closely with the West Gidgegannup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and the City of Swan as the project has developed so it's great to see it finally open.
"As a local resident, I know how important this station will be to Gidgegannup.
"I want to express our community's great appreciation for the brigade members' care and commitment and I look forward to continuing to support their efforts in protecting our homes and lives."
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