Emergency Operations Centre opens doors to community

Published on Thursday 1 February, 2018

Emergency Ops Centre open day

Community members have their first chance to see inside the new City of Gosnells Emergency Operations Centre since it opened, as part of a Community Open Day in March.

The Gosnells Bush Fire Brigade and Gosnells State Emergency Service moved in to the high-tech, $4.2 million facility in Beckenham last summer.

Between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 11 March, community members can tour the new facility as part of the City’s Homegrown Festival. Bush Fire Brigade volunteers, SES volunteers and Police will be on hand to chat to visitors and answer any questions about fire prevention, storm safety, community safety and more.

Vehicles, including a vintage fire truck, will be on display, and visitors can have a go in the RAC Rescue Helicopter Simulator and test their skills on a climbing wall. There will be displays and a sausage sizzle to round out the day.

“The City’s fire and SES crews attend more than 150 incidents each year, including bush and structural fires, flooding, storm damage, cliff rescues and land searches, both locally and beyond,” City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes and learn more about how valuable volunteers and officers in our community help to keep us all safe.”

The new Emergency Operations Centre features five drive-through bays for the Bush Fire Brigade and five for the SES units, separate offices and storage areas, and large common-use areas including a training room, outdoor area, kitchen and bathroom facilities.

There are dedicated Operations and Communications rooms, a vehicle wash down area and specialised training facilities to enable fire and rescue drills, as well as outdoor lighting for night training.

For more information about the Emergency Operations Centre Community Open Day, visit www.gosnells.wa.gov.au/homegrown.