Mandurah’s Local Emergency Management Committee take part in walk-through exercise at aquatic centre


Local Emergency Management Committee representatives during walk-through exercise and items from a Welfare Centre Activation.
Local Emergency Management Committee representatives during walk-through exercise and items from a Welfare Centre Activation.

MEMBERS of the Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) were involved in an emergency walk-through exercise at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC).

The redeveloped facility can be used as a welfare centre in a crisis situation.

The LEMC includes members from more than 20 emergency response agencies including the City of Mandurah, WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Peel Health Campus, Australian Red Cross, St John Ambulance and local surf lifesaving clubs.

Many of the members have firsthand experience after helping at Murray Leisure Centre during the 2016 Waroona-Harvey bushfires.

MARC is one of four nominated welfare centres in Mandurah which would be jointly run by the City of Mandurah and the Department of Communities in an emergency.

Chief executive Mark Newman said the work the City does with its emergency service partners is vital to ensure it is prepared to protect the community.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated emergency management team working with all levels of government and agencies to create emergency plans and build resilience in the community,’’ he said.

“The recent exercise is an example of how the local team are preparing themselves and the community for a successful and safe response to an emergency situation.”

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