New home for SES

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

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.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Man­durah SES mem­bers Will Nor­ris, Phil Bresser, Bob Gray and Phil Rance.

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