A new emergency services centre that houses both the Harvey State Emergency Services (SES) and Harvey Hills Bush Fire Brigade (BFB) officially opened on Saturday 14 October. The joint facility provides a collaborative space for both groups to operate side-by-side to train, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Commissioner Darren Klemm said the modern and spacious new facility would help foster comradeship between an already close-knit group of volunteers.
“These relationships are invaluable when emergencies strike, with a collaborative approach essential when responding to complex, multi-hazard incidents,” Commissioner Klemm said.
Harvey’s volunteer emergency services collectively respond to bushfires, road crashes, storms, floods, land searches and rescues. They were pivotal in responding to the devastating 2016 Waroona bushfires and in the past year alone they have responded to nearly 50 incidents, helping to keep the community safe.
The new centre has also been designed so it can operate as an Incident Control Centre and better support coordinated responses to major incidents in the area.
Other key features of the centre include a training area, operations and communications rooms and appliance sheds for both units.