Two Rocks to get own SES unit

Two Rocks to get own SES unit

TWO Rocks will soon become home to a State Emergency Services (SES) unit.

A notice in today’s Government Gazette announces the Fire and Emergency Service Commissioner Darren Klemm’s approval of the Two Rocks SES unit.

City of Wanneroo council will consider a report at its meeting on Tuesday about a Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) plan to establish the unit and locate it at the Two Rocks fire station.

According to a report to the council, DFES identified a gap in SES services covering the expanding north coastal region in the City and neighbouring Shire of Gingin.

It said the department approached the City and Two Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade last July seeking permission to co-locate an SES unit with the brigade at the Caraway Loop station.

“In the future a new six bay co-location facility will be built on the current Two Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade site,” the report said.

“This will be subject to application and approval of capital building works through the Local Government Grant Scheme process and may take up to three to four years.”

The report said the State Government would fund the unit through the Emergency Services Levy, so municipal contributions would not be required, although that funding would go through the City.

It said the City had listed $22,000 to establish the brigade as operating income and corresponding expenditure in the 2017-18 mid-year budget review.

At this week’s council briefing session, the City’s community and place director Debbie Terelinck said DFES would manage volunteers, as well as provide equipment and protective clothing.

She said the Wanneroo-Joondalup SES unit, based in Joondalup, would continue to operate.

Councillors will consider endorsing the unit’s establishment and approving the budget allocation at their February 6 meeting.

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