Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

    Boost for emergency services in local communities

    7/07/2021 10:05 AM
    • McGowan Government delivers on election commitments for emergency services
    • Volunteer firefighters and SES crews in seven communities will benefit
    • $310,000 in funding will pay for items including new training equipment and facilities

    The McGowan Government has provided a $310,000 boost to support the State's emergency services volunteers.


    The funding will benefit volunteer firefighters and State Emergency Service crews in areas to the north and east of Perth - Armadale, Burns Beach, Darling Range, Kalamunda, Maylands, Swan Hills and Wanneroo.


    The groups will receive support ranging from training equipment and upgraded facilities, to outdoor amenities and marquees.


    The funding includes:

    • $50,000 to purchase new fire safety equipment for Quinns Rocks State Emergency Service cadets;
    • $30,000 for a training pad upgrade at Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service;
    • $15,000 for a fire truck washdown facility at Sawyers Valley Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade;
    • $10,000 for a mobile ablution block for women at East Gidgegannup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade;
    • $10,000 to replace a storage shed at Bayswater State Emergency Service;
    • $5,000 for picnic tables at Bedfordale Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.

    The funding is in addition to $15 million set aside for State-wide upgrades to emergency services facilities under the McGowan Government's COVID-19 WA Recovery Plan.


    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:


    "Volunteers generously give their time to keep us safe and deserve the very best facilities to assist their important work and engage with their local communities.


    "The McGowan Government has provided more than $300,000 to support emergency services in local communities. The funding will pay for crucial items for volunteer firefighter and SES crews, including training equipment and facility upgrades.


    "This funding boost highlights the McGowan Government's commitment to investing in emergency services, and supporting local volunteer groups who continue to do amazing work day in and day out."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300