CAREER firefighters based at the new $19 million West Perth fire station have already responded to 41 emergencies in the past two weeks.
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan today visited the facility, which features advance training equipment, wider corridors and space to accommodate more equipment in the future, to officially open it.
The facility also houses four appliances, including a heavy rescue pump.
Mr Logan said the new station would ease pressure on the existing Perth Fire Station, which responds to about 3000 call-outs a year, which is twice as many as the state’s other stations.
He said the response time to CBD incidents would be reduced.
“We now have two significant fire response bodies, one in East Perth and now one in West Perth, that can deal with the whole of the city and any catastrophe,” he said.
“We have a significant number of high rise, commercial and apartment, towers in Perth…and we require a significant response should anything ever go wrong.
“We also have significant other forms of infrastructure in and around Perth with the airport, roads, rails, tunnels; we could have any form of catastrophe here in Perth at any time and need the facilities to respond.”