New fire station taking shape
Construction begins on new volunteer fire brigade station.
THE Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade will soon have a brand new facility to call home.
Brigade volunteers joined City of Cockburn officials at an official sod turning ceremony on Friday to mark the start of construction of their new station house.
The $578,000 facility will be on the brigade’s current Banjup site and include a 225sq m vehicle bay, offices, separate changerooms for men and women, training spaces and storage.
Brigade captain Jarrad Fowler said the new 625sq m station would be a welcome replacement of the former station, which had been a 15m by 15m farm shed built in the 1980s.
“The Banjup fire in 2014 showed us that this area is at heightened risk of bushfire, so having the resources based close to the risk and a modern facility to train our volunteers is a great result for the community and the City of Cockburn,” he said.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services provided $328,000 for the new station, with the City of Cockburn contributing $250,000.
Fit-out is scheduled to be finished in February.
Captain Jarrad Fowler, DFES commissioner Lloyd Bailey, Cockburn MLA Francis Logan and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett turn the sod for the new Jandakot fire station.