Rescue group plans move to improve response time
Augusta’s Volunteer Marine Rescue group is planning a new headquarters at the Augusta Boat Harbour to cut response times and help house the region’s emergency services.
The sea rescue team hopes its plan for a shed at the boat harbour will be approved so it can move its equipment and volunteers closer to the water.
Augusta VMR commander Paul Higginson said it was hoped the new shed would help co-ordinate different rescue groups.
“The main reason is to just get on the water quicker,” he said.
“The faster we can get to people . . . every minute counts.”
Mr Higginson said heart attacks at sea, snapped masts, and sailors running out of fuel were some of the many scenarios the VMR dealt with.
He said a recent shed design would have rescue equipment on the main floor, as well as a radio control room on the second floor, a meeting room, and disabled access.
Mr Higginson said initial designs were “nearly there” and the group would soon apply for permission from local authorities.
“Once the planning’s approved we can get the engineer’s drawings done and then we can go for funding,” he said.
Mr Higginson said the Augusta marina was the only port between Port Geographe and Albany, and its $36.4 million redevelopment had helped make the region safer for ocean users.
Augusta Volunteer Marine Rescue members Tim Miller, commander Paul Higginson, Keith MacAulay, Nola Hooper, Boat Harbour manager Dennis Meagher, and Dave Muller are looking forward to a new headquarters at the marina.