The new Vincent Fire Station has opened and is servicing the Western Australian community, boosting the emergency response to the Perth CBD and surrounding areas.
Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan officially opened the $19 million state-of-the-art facility that will house specially trained firefighters who respond to a myriad of incidents including high-rise building fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous material spills and bushfires.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has been planning the facility since 2011 to accommodate the need to service the city’s growing population.
The new station will ease pressure on Perth Fire Station, which responds to 3,000 incidents each year.
Since operations began at the new station two weeks ago, career firefighters have responded to more than 40 incidents, including hazmat fires.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM said the Vincent Station will provide a vital service to inner city residents, as well as the broader Perth metro area during large scale emergencies.
“Emergency services battle the additional challenges of a large city with more buildings, more high-rises, more people and in a much greater density than before,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“This new station will help reduce the risks associated with inner city areas such as delays from traffic congestion, and multi-story fires.”
The station houses four appliances, including a heavy rescue pump, and will help reduce response times to incidents in the city, freeing up the Perth Fire Station to respond to high priority calls.
DFES’ commitment to adapting to changing needs in the community means the station has been designed with large appliance bays and increased accommodation capacity to allow for further expansion for decades to come.
It also includes advanced training equipment that will help firefighter’s maintain and enhance their vital skills.