Fire sta­tion in limbo

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Suc­cess fire sta­tion site will re­main as is for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices (DFES) closed the Ham­mond Road sta­tion in Novem­ber 2014 af­ter a fourth fire­fighter in six years was di­ag­nosed with kid­ney can­cer.

Last June, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Wayne Greg­son said fire­fight­ers would not be asked to re­turn to the site af­ter test­ing failed to find a link be­tween the site and those can­cer cases.

Nine months on and DFES south coastal Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Feeney says the fu­ture of the site is yet to be locked in.

“DFES has no im­me­di­ate plans for the Suc­cess fire sta­tion. Its fu­ture is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

City of Cock­burn plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices di­rec­tor Daniel Arndt said the City’s pref­er­ence was for the site to be in- cluded in the sur­round­ing Suc­cess Re­gional Recre­ation re­serve, from which it was orig­i­nally ex­cised.

“This would en­able the land to be used for ad­di­tional net­ball courts and car park­ing,” he said.

Ca­reer fire­fight­ers based there were moved to the Cock­burn Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices build­ing on Po­letti Road af­ter the for­mer site was closed. They share that build­ing with the Cock­burn SES and South Coogee Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Brigade.

Supt Feeney said the part­ner­ship had worked well and would likely con­tinue for an­other two years.

“Po­ten­tial sites are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated to es­tab­lish a new ca­reer fire sta­tion in the Cock­burn area to re­place the old Suc­cess fire sta­tion,” he said.

“Ca­reer fire­fight­ers will be based at the Cock­burn Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices com­plex un­til a new fa­cil­ity is de­vel­oped.

“The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a new site and con­struc­tion of a new fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to take about two years.”

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The Suc­cess fire sta­tion.

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