Push to re-establish Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Push to re-establish Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

KEY players have joined forces to try to reignite the Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service despite no support from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The fire station, on Parker Street, is currently vacant and operated for 101 years before it was shut down.

Last month, Bassendean Council deferred its decision on DFES’s offer to sell the property to the Town because of Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly’s interest in re-establishing the brigade.

Mr Kelly said he met the Town of Bassendean and former brigade captain Mike Smith |to explore their options last month.

Town community development director Graeme Haggart said a business case was being developed.

“We were just suggesting that we need to develop a business case that would demonstrate the cost of the brigade being re-established and operating that would also include accommodation costs,” he said.

“We are looking to collect that information to come back to another meeting on May 26.”

DFES corporate services executive director Frank Pasquale said there were no plans to re-|establish the brigade because Kiara fire station, Midland and Ellenbrook career fire stations and other volunteer stations met the current demand.

Mr Pasquale said the Town approached DFES about buying the property about two years ago.

“If the Town of Bassendean purchases the property, the use of the property would be subject to the usual state and local planning guidelines,” he said.

“The responsibility to establish a volunteer fire and rescue service, however, rests with the Fire and Emergency Services commissioner.”

Former Bassendean volunteer firefighter Ivanka Radalj said more than 57 people expressed their interest to join a new volunteer fire brigade on the ‘Bassendean volunteer fire brigade needs your help’ Facebook page.

Ms Radalj said she was hopeful that the brigade would be re-established.

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