DEPARTMENT of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) says there will be no need for alarm if people see or hear fire crews at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City this Sunday.
Their attendance will be part of a simulated exercise from 7-10pm on October 8, with crews from five DFES stations – Joondalup, Wangara, Butler, Duncraig and Osborne Park – responding to pretend fires in the west and southern malls of the shopping centre.
WA Police and St John Ambulance officers will also be involved, and SES volunteers will act as live casualties.
“We want to test our standard operating procedures, communications and incident management in case something like this simulated scenario were to actually occur,” DFES North Coastal Metropolitan Region Superintendent Kim Lambkin said.
“Exercises such as this, on location at a major shopping centre, help to raise our level of preparedness and develop our co-ordination between agencies.
“We greatly appreciate the assistance given to the exercise team by the staff at Lakeside Joondalup in what we hope will be a very worthwhile training opportunity.
“Most of the activity that will be able to be seen by the public on Sunday evening will be outside the West Mall from 7-9pm.”