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Media Release

Big boost to emergency services in Bridgetown
Thursday 22 December 2011 – 12:50 PM

A new Fire and Emergency Coordination Centre in Bridgetown will mean the area is better equipped to manage emergency situations thanks to a significant contribution from FESA.
FESA Chief Executive Officer Mr Wayne Gregson APM announced FESA would contribute $250,000 towards the new Centre at an event at the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Office today.
“The new complex will provide the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes with a purpose built Incident Control Centre, to be known as the Bridgetown Fire and Emergency Coordination Centre,” Mr Gregson said.
“It will also become home to the Bridgetown Bush Fire Brigade support team and give emergency services volunteers access to extensive facilities for practical training, meeting and storage.”
Mr Gregson said Bridgetown was located in a high risk location for major bushfires and the new facility and Incident Control Centre would be a huge asset during future emergency situations.
“The recent south west bushfires have reinforced the importance of having such facilities in times of crisis and FESA places a great focus on providing its people with the necessary tools and resources to fight fires and respond to the many different emergencies that occur.
“The plans for the proposed facility look great and the new Centre will be well placed to meet the area’s current and future requirements.”
The establishment of the new facility will cost a total of $300,000 and has been done in partnership with the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes.
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Chief Executive Officer Tim Clynch said for the past year the Shire, Bridgetown Bush Fire Brigade and FESA have worked together to develop a viable arrangement that would fulfil the area’s needs.
“This facility will become the central point for emergency coordination and will allow us to respond faster in a more coordinated way,” Mr Clynch said.
“It’ll also be a great training facility for volunteers, which will be really appreciated.
“Giving the Bridgetown Bush Fire Brigade support team a home base recognises their important contribution.
“While they can’t get behind a hose anymore the work they do to support firefighters is vital.”     
Mr Gregson said while FESA and the Shire are working together to ensure community safety, bushfire preparedness and response is everyone’s responsibility.
“It is critical that people understand that bushfires can start suddenly and without warning, we encourage people to monitor conditions and act as soon as there is a fire in the area,” Mr Gregson said. 
“We are in bushfire season and people should be aware of the weather conditions and pay attention to Fire Danger Ratings.

“It is important to stay alert on hot days and know what you would do if a bushfire started that threatened your home.”



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