Baldivis Volunteer Fire Brigade finally set to get new ute after setbacks


Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby with firefighters Graham Oliver, Aaron Higgins, Lewis Ascough and Tyler Winter.
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby with firefighters Graham Oliver, Aaron Higgins, Lewis Ascough and Tyler Winter.

A LONG-held wish of the Baldivis Volunteer Fire Brigade for their own transport ute will be a reality after numerous setbacks.

The Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services needed a vehicle to transport fire crew and equipment back and forth from fires.

Up until now they had been using fire engines for that purpose.

After asking Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby to help they are now in line to receive a $40,000 donation for the new ute.

Mr Whitby said the process had not been simple with bureaucratic issues causing months of delays.

“At the election I committed to an election promise of $40,000 for the Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service (VFES) for a crew cab ute after they put the request to me,” he said.

“The volunteers insisted the ute needed signage and flashing lights so they could get in and out of fire zones, unhampered by police road blocks.

“Until it was officially recognised by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) the ute could not be used.”

Department of Fire and Emergency Commissioner Darren Klenn wrote to the Baldivis VFES last week with good news for the volunteers.

The letter confirmed the department’s support and recognition of the ute as an official emergency services vehicle.

Once the volunteers select an appropriate vehicle DFES will support the standard stripping and fitting of red flashing warning lights which will be paid for the volunteers.

DFES will pay for the installation of a WAERN radio and portable Automatic Location Device.

Mr Whitby thanked the volunteers for their patience.

“This crew cab ute will be an incredibly useful asset for the Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service. It will increase the capability of our volunteers to fight fires and save lives and property,” he said.

MORE: Perth: Health insurance premiums rise again as new PBS-listed medications announced

MORE: Three-year-old boy among six injured in Malaga crash overnight

MORE: Mother, stepfather and friend arrested by WA Police in relation to alleged sexual abuse of eight-year-old girl