West Perth: firey dampens residents’ concerns about station


David Young with SFF Clem Chan abseiling off the wall and SFF Lance Speller.            d456202
David Young with SFF Clem Chan abseiling off the wall and SFF Lance Speller.         d456202

THE Department of Fire and Emergency Services says firefighters’ day or night shifts that can include up to eight daily emergency call-outs involve regular duties that do not greatly affect neighbours.

“We’ll even alter using our lights and sirens, especially at those times of the morning when everyone is coming and going to work and school, when we don’t even do 50km/h,” Perth district officer David Young said.

Mr Young told residents concerned about a proposed Carr Street, West Perth fire station that firefighters started day shifts with a 7.58am roll call, before they tested their trucks’ pumps, lights and equipment, with engines at idle until 8.30am.

He said firefighters went to the station’s gym until 9.30am, had an indoor roll-call at 10am, did off-station work including fire safety and hydrant checks until 2pm, conducted training, gym work or station cleaning until 5pm, before the 6pm night shift, which followed a similar but quieter regime.

The PA outside could be modified to reduce noise issues, he said.

The assurances failed to satisfy resident Jess Black, whose apartment is directly next to the proposed West Perth station.

“I believe the station’s driveway is going directly against our wall, and we’ll be having trucks going straight out, and the training tower at the back will be a privacy issue,” Ms Black said.