Firey damp­ens con­cerns

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.


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

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