West Perth: $19m fire station throws open doors to the public

Lee Draman and Dave Uphill practising some drills at the fire station in West Perth Pic: Andrew Ritchie
Lee Draman and Dave Uphill practising some drills at the fire station in West Perth Pic: Andrew Ritchie

WEST Perth’s $19m fire station is opening its doors to the public this Sunday.

The Vincent Fire Station, completed in April last year, is easing pressure on the Perth Fire Station – the state’s busiest with around 3000 call-outs a year.

District officer John Manocchio said the station was in the perfect position to support Perth with its freeway access.

“The whole western part of the CBD now comes under the protection of Vincent, supported by the Perth crew,” he said.

“It’s very strategic in the way we can come from both directions. If we have a big traffic build-up in the CBD, we can still come from the outside.

“We’re working with the Public Transport Authority to give us access to their private lanes, so we could be into the city within minutes.”

The facility houses specially trained firefighters who can respond to high-rise building fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous material spills and bushfires.

Mr Manocchio said the state-of-the-art station provided space for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to grow into the future, and shortened the response time to areas like Mt Lawley and Inglewood.

The station will hold its first open day on June 2 for locals to explore the building and meet its firefighters.

Head along to Vincent Fire Station at 29 Carr Street, West Perth, from 10am to 1pm, to tour the station and see displays.

There will be face painting for kids, a coffee van and sausage sizzle on hand.