RENOVATIONS worth $914,000 will be made to the Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service building with the upgrade due to start next year and be completed for the 2021-22 bushfire season.
The fire station will have new ablutions, a tunic room, a breathing apparatus room, an office, a storeroom, a kitchen, a training room and a lounge room.
Nearly $500,000 has been provided through the State Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
Just over $424,000 will be contributed from the Emergency Services Levy to complete the refurbishments and extension.
Volunteer firefighters from Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service played a crucial role during last December’s fires in Yanchep and Two Rocks.
The upgrades are part of a $60 million blitz to maintain or upgrade state assets including police and fire stations.
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said about $7 million would be spent across the state as part of the recovery plan to improve Emergency Services facilities over two years.
Mr Logan said last year’s fires in Yanchep and Two Rocks served as an important reminder about how invaluable volunteers were to the state’s emergency response.
“Volunteer firefighters, such as those from Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, can greatly benefit from new fit-for-purpose and modern facilities,” he said.
“New or upgraded facilities can help attract more volunteers and give existing volunteers greater support, more training and office space, and more appropriate appliance areas.”
“These major refurbishments will not only help these local volunteer firefighters thrive and grow into the future, they play a crucial role in helping the building and construction sector recover from the financial impacts of Covid-19.”
Butler MLA John Quigley said the work of firefighters during the Yanchep bushfire was nothing short of immense.