Site cleared for new fire sta­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A NEW $19 mil­lion fire sta­tion will be built on a site on Carr Street in West Perth, even though res­i­dents were evac­u­ated af­ter a ware­house fire about three years ago af­ter con­cerns were raised about as­bestos con­tam­i­na­tion.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis an­nounced last week that the State Gov­ern­ment had bought the site and said the sta­tion was be­ing built in re­sponse to the growth of in­ner-city sub­urbs and the Perth CBD.

“In re­cent years, de­mands on the ex­ist­ing Perth fire sta­tion have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly and more residential and com­mer­cial con­struc­tion in the city means this trend will con­tinue,” he said.

Projects in­clud­ing the Perth City Link, El­iz­a­beth Quay and more high-rise CBD build­ings had placed greater de­mands on fire­fight­ers and the West Perth sta­tion would re­duce pres­sure at the busy East Perth sta­tion.

On May 16, 2012, about 45 fire­fight­ers bat­tled a fire at an aban­doned ware­house at the site of the new fire sta­tion.

Nearby res­i­dents were evac­u­ated af­ter the fire cre­ated a plume of toxic black smoke and con­cerns were raised about pos­si­ble as­bestos roof fi­bres.

Un­der the Health Act, the City of Vin­cent was re­spon­si­ble to the site’s clean-up.

A spokes­woman said a health no­tice sent to the site’s for­mer owner in­structed them to de­mol­ish the ware­house and get a li­censed as­bestos con­trac­tor to re­move and doc­u­ment the con­tam­i­na­tion.

She said the work was com­pleted and the no­tice was re­voked on June 14, 2012.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices as­set di­rec­tor Mike Wa­ters said in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants had held “ex­ten­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal test­ing that has given us ab­so­lute peace of mind”.

The new sta­tion is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2017.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d442554

Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Wayne Greg­son, Perth MLA Eleni Evan­gel, Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis and sta­tion of­fi­cer Neil Traynor at the site of the new sta­tion. Inset: Fire crews bat­tled a ware­house fire at the site in 2012.

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