Firefighters find a permanent home at last

The Butler Fire and Rescue crew had a visit from Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis last Wednesday at their $7.5 million station on Headingly Crescent.

Mr Francis said the station enhanced the crew�s ability to train for and respond to local emergencies, with capacity to accommodate extra personnel during major incidents.

�This is an essential service and the community can be confident that our career firefighters are well-equipped to respond to emergencies alongside the dedicated fire and emergency services volunteers in the region,� Mr Francis said.

The station includes a post-incident hygiene shower, which ensures firefighters are free of potential contaminants when they return from incidents.

It also has two large double appliance bays and an increased accommodation capacity allowing for further expansion in the future.

The station also features a breathing apparatus servicing area, training and office areas, dormitories, a kitchen, gymnasium and vehicle rescue training pad.

Replacing a temporary station that had been operating since 2005, the station is crewed by career firefighters on a 24/7 roster.