$2.2 Million Emergency Centre gets underway officially in Gingin

Published on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 11:20:58 AM

On Wednesday, 23 June in Gingin the official sod turning ceremony for the construction of the Gingin Emergency Services Centre took place.

The Hon Reece Whitby MLA, Minister for Emergency Services, led proceedings for this together with DFES Commission, Mr Darren Klemm and Shire President, Cr Wayne Fewster.

Minister Whitby commented that “this brand-new facility will bring Gingin volunteer firefighters together and encourage closer collaboration among emergency service agencies. Local firefighters were integral in combating the Red Gully Bush Fire in January – our volunteers go above and beyond and this building is part of our commitment to support their efforts.”

The centre is slated to finish construction in April 2022 and when finished, will have the capacity to serve as an Incident Control Centre to manage major incidents throughout not only the Shire of Gingin, but the entire regional area.

Commissioner Klemm remarked that “at the recent Red Gully Fire we saw transportable facilities brought up here (Gingin) but more and more we are seeing with these significant bush fires that it takes more and more people to manage that and we need those facilities spread throughout Western Australia.”

Shire President, Cr Wayne Fewster, himself a Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, commented that “the new Emergency Services Centre will be a terrific asset for the region. Large bush fires are tough to fight because they require huge resources so to have this large facility located here to support our region – there’s just no underestimating the boost this is going to give to our local firefighting resources. We all contribute across Western Australia to the Emergency Services Levy annually so it’s extremely rewarding to see that funding put to such a valuable use.”

This new facility is set to be the future headquarters of the Gingin VFRS and Gingin South VBFB and it will have the capacity for six vehicles, equipment rooms, multiple office spaces, a kitchen and multi-purpose training rooms. A communications room, equipment for intelligence officers and logistics management space that can accommodate up to 72 personnel will operate from the centre during large-scale emergencies, i.e. for reference incidents such as the Red Gully Bush Fire, the Yanchep Bush Fire or the Wooroloo Bush Fire.

Other notable attendees for the sod turning ceremony on Wednesday morning included the Hon Martin Aldridge (also a local fire brigade member with Gingin South), the Captain of the Gingin Volunteer Fire & Rescue Brigade – Nikki Woods and the Captain of the Gingin South Bush Fire Brigade – Craig Hyne, in addition to Shire CEO – Aaron Cook, Deputy Shire President – Cr Kim Rule and fellow Cr James Morton, DFES Northern Districts Officer – Shaun Champ and local CESM/Chief Bush Fire Control Officer – Phil Barrett. Other Shire staff and local fire fighter brigade members were also in attendance.

Further information may be viewed via the media release dispatched from the Minister’s Office – www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2021/06/2-point-2-million-dollar-emergency-services-complex-for-Gingin.aspx.

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