Fears where there’s smoke, there’s fire
resident Ant Ulijn said.
The seriousness of the residents’ concerns prompted Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis, DFES Commissioner Wayne Gregson and East Perth fire station district officer David Young to attend the forum.
“We need a new station on the north west of Perth, near the freeway, so we can have response times at an acceptable standard,” Mr Francis said, before saying the station had to go ahead or “waste” millions of dollars spent on planning and considering other sites.
Mr Gregson said he would consider all the residents’ issues, including a buffer zone, and suggested lights and sirens could be turned on up to 100m from the station.
Medium-density housing would neighbour the station, the plans of which currently lacked a buffer zone, included an 8m training tower residents claimed would intrude on privacy, and would potentially store chemicals and fuel, which the residents claimed required an Environmental Protection Authority study.
Monica Wood, Adrian Ward, Marie Giorgi, Jean Ward, and Jess Black are among residents concerned about the station.