City of Rockingham: possible solution to Balidivis fire station issues

City of Rockingham: possible solution to Balidivis fire station issues

AFTER petitions and much debate, a solution to Baldivis’s fire station conundrum appears on the cards.

City of Rockingham councillors voted unanimously to adopt Cr Matt Whitfield’s recommendation to transform Baldivis Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade into either a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service or Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service.

The recommendation differed from the officer’s recommendation, which favoured a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

But after consulting with members of the community, Cr Whitfield found some members favoured the formation of a Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, so he asked the committee to include it in the recommendations to ensure the option was explored.

It comes in response to community concerns that the career fire station in Rockingham was spread somewhat thin over its large gazetted fire district.

Only the career fire station is supposed to respond to structural fires (buildings and cars), but the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, which does not have the appropriate equipment or training, had been first to respond on a number of occasions.

The recommendation from Cr Whitfield also placed an emphasis on urgency, with consultation to begin at the earliest opportunity.

The matter will go before council on Tuesday evening from 6pm.