McGowan government invests $7.8 million in Kimberley emergency services

  • New Light Tankers officially handed over to four units and bush firefighters
  • Broome Sea Rescue boosted by a purpose-built amphibious vessel
  • Increased flood rescue capability for Kununurra crews
  • Emergency services volunteers in the Kimberley have been supported by $7.8 million in funding from the McGowan government for state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.

    Four new Next Generation Light Tankers were officially handed over to Broome Regional Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB), Halls Creek Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES), Fitzroy Crossing VFES and Kununurra Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) today.

    The tanker trucks cost $240,000 each and were delivered as part of the McGowan government’s $140 million commitment to upgrade emergency service vehicles statewide.

    The Broome VBFB Fire Station was recently completed with $1.29 million in funding and was built with 90% local labor.

    Marine Rescue Broome has been awarded $770,000 for a 10-meter rigid-hull boat – named Redbill III – providing volunteers with the latest search and rescue technology.

    Another grant of $187,000 was given to the unit for a custom vehicle and tractor to assist in launching and recovering ships.

    The Kununurra State Emergency Service has acquired a new flood rescue boat worth $190,200.

    Marine Rescue East Kimberley received $194,330 to upgrade its Wyndham facility, and $4.2 million was allocated in the VFRS/VFES Upgrade and Replacement Program budget for a new headquarters for the unit Halls Creek VFES.

    Kimberley VFRS and VFES personnel will also undergo sizing for new structural firefighting tunics and overtrousers, as part of $4.9 million in funding to update personal protective clothing for all volunteer and career firefighters.

    More Kimberley volunteers will have access to important thermal imaging cameras, with the McGowan government providing $205,000 to expand access to the equipment across WA.

    As Minister of Emergency Services Stephen Dawson said:

    “The McGowan government’s investment is equipping our hardworking volunteers with the cutting-edge resources they need to help protect communities across the Kimberley.

    “Our new light tankers not only help with firefighting and stage rescues, but also provide up-to-date protection for volunteers – which is so important given the hazardous conditions the crews operate in.

    “It is imperative that these unit, group and brigade volunteers have the most modern, effective and safest equipment available when responding to calls for help from the community.

    “Most importantly, today’s handover of this state-of-the-art equipment is an opportunity to meet the volunteers and personally thank them for the extraordinary role they play in supporting local communities.

    As Kimberley MP Divina D’Anna said:

    “The Kimberley has some of the most inhospitable and challenging terrain imaginable, along with devastating weather events – such as tropical cyclones, major fires and floods – which keep our emergency services teams busy throughout the season. ‘year.

    “This significant investment by the McGowan government with the latest high-tech equipment demonstrates our commitment to protecting and protecting our emergency service volunteers, as they carry out their lifesaving role in the region.”

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