Bassendean councillors reignite hopes for Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Mike Smith at the old Bassendean Fire Station. Picture: David Baylis
Mike Smith at the old Bassendean Fire Station. Picture: David Baylis

BASSENDEAN councillors are set to consider forming a business case to buy the vacant Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service property after the State Election.

At last month’s council meeting, a confidential item based on a business case report for the potential purchase by the Town of 10-14 Parker Street in Bassendean was put forward to the council.

During a deputation made at the meeting, former fire brigade captain Mike Smith said he hoped the council could defer its decision until after the State Election on March 11 and requested support to reopen the brigade.

The council passed an alternative motion behind closed doors based on Mr Smith’s suggestion.

Former Bassendean volunteer firefighter Ivanka Radalj said reopening the fire brigade would make it easier for volunteers to respond to fires in the area.

Last month, the Eastern Reporter reported Mr Smith’s calls to reopen the fire brigade four years after its closure in light of the Upper Swan fires.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services metropolitan assistant commissioner Darren Klemm said there were no plans to re-establish a volunteer fire brigade in Bassendean due to the opening of Kiara fire station in 2014.

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said if Labor was elected, he would look at “every avenue” to reopen the fire brigade.