New home for SES
The Mandurah State Emergency Service will be better equipped and ready to respond this winter after officially opening its new purpose-built facility on Friday.
The $1.8 million facility on Education Drive was officially opened by Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis who was joined at the event by DFES Commissioner Wayne Gregson.
“This new facility means volunteers, who spend many hours training for and responding to emergencies, are better equipped than ever to help their community in times of need,” Mr Francis said.
Planning for the new base began in 2013 and the final product features dedicated operations and communication facilities, office space and training areas — all designed to accommodate current and future needs.
The local SES volunteers are due to move into their new premises in the coming weeks.
The facility was jointly funded by the City of Mandurah and DFES through the Local Government Grant Scheme.
The Mandurah SES began op- erating in 1976 and currently has more than 80 volunteer members, making it one of the largest units in WA.
Since January 2015, the unit has responded to more than 55 incidents and contributed more than 4300 hours.
Mandurah SES members Will Norris, Phil Bresser, Bob Gray and Phil Rance.