Fremantle Leisure Centre prepares for disaster

A City of Fremantle/DFES emergency training exercise at Fremantle Leisure Centre. Photo: Martin Kennealey
A City of Fremantle/DFES emergency training exercise at Fremantle Leisure Centre. Photo: Martin Kennealey

THE Fremantle Leisure Centre wants to ensure it’s always prepared for the worst.

The City of Fremantle and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) completed an emergency training exercise on Thursday .Leisure Centre manager John East said the centre was required to complete these exercises but tried to minimise the inconvenience.

“In previous years we’ve run scenarios involving a missing person, a fire or a medical emergency, but this year it’s going to be a chlorine spill,” he said.

“At the end of the day it’s important to do these drills to ensure our people are properly trained and ready to respond in an emergency.”

Last year a patron of the leisure centre suffered a stroke while swimming in the pool but the staff were able to save his life.

DFES metro south coastal superintendent Paul Heal said a large chlorine spill could result in dangerous gas travelling kilometres from the leak.

“It results in people suffering serious health consequences – its critical emergency services respond swiftly and isolate the leak quickly to minimise the risk to the community,” he said.