MANDURAH’S $1.8 million new State Emergency Service headquarters is “one of the flashest units” State Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis has ever seen.
Mr Francis opened the building on Education Drive today before Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson, local politicians, and city councillors.
Volunteers are due to move in soon.
Planning started in 2013 and the turning of the sod 12 months ago was the last official function attended by the late Canning MHR Don Randall.
The new base features dedicated operations and communications facilities, office space and training area.
The unit had its beginnings more than 55 years ago when a small boy fell into a borehole in Mandurah, involving a massive rescue mission.
It began operations in 1976 and now has more than 80 members.
Since January 2015, the unit has responded to more than 55 incidents and contributed more than 4300 hours.
The facility was jointly funded by the City of Mandurah and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services through the Local Government Grant Scheme.
City chief executive Mark Newman said the new facility was a major asset.
He said the SES unit had a long history of providing an invaluable service in a range of emergency situations.
“The City is very grateful to the many volunteers who continually give their time to such a worthy cause and they are an integral part of the community”