New fire sta­tion tak­ing shape

Con­struc­tion be­gins on new vol­un­teer fire brigade sta­tion.

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d487345

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.

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