THE new $4.2 million Emergency Operations Centre in Beckenham has opened ahead of the summer fire season.
It will house the Gosnells Bush Fire Brigade and Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES), including around 90 volunteers.
The facility features five drive-through bays for the Bush Fire Brigade and five for the SES units, separate offices and storage areas, and large common-use areas including a training room, outdoor area, kitchen and bathroom facilities.
There are dedicated operations and communications rooms, a vehicle wash down area and specialised training facilities to enable fire and rescue drills, as well as outdoor lighting for night training.
City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle and Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis officially opened the Horley Road facility.
Cr Searle said the high-tech facility would greatly enhance the response to, and ongoing management of, local emergency and rescue operations.
“The City’s fire and SES crews attend more than 150 incidents each year, including bush and structural fires, flooding, storm damage, cliff rescues and land searches in our region and beyond,” she said.
“Our new Emergency Operations Centre will not only provide them with a much-improved base but greater capabilities in terms of emergency co-ordination, communication and ultimately, response times.
“Being located just off the Kenwick Link also gives crews easier access to Roe Highway.”
The State Government provided a $1.375 million capital grant to part fund the building.
“I am very pleased that the City of Gosnells has been able to fund the remainder of this project, which was designed in close consultation with the volunteers who will use this wonderful facility,” Cr Searle said.