New SES unit for Two Rocks

A new SES unit to cater for the northern part of the City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin will be based at Caraway Loop in Two Rocks. Picture: Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade

By Bethany L Smith

A NEW SES unit to be established in the Two Rocks area will be co-located at the Two Rocks Fire Station with the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.

An SES unit has been co-located there since November 2017 but the City of Wanneroo officially endorsed the establishment of a new unit in Two Rocks on Tuesday, February 6.

“Consultation has been undertaken with DFES and the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade (TRVBB) who are in agreement with the proposed co-location with the Two Rocks SES unit,’’ according to the report provided by the City of Wanneroo at its monthly meeting.

The new SES was proposed after the Department of Fire and Emergency Services carried out a review of SES units in the metropolitan area and identified a gap in the delivery of services in the north coastal region, which includes the northern part of the City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin.

A Shire of Gingin spokeswoman said a new SES unit closer to Gingin could only be beneficial for the area.

The council report said as part of the 2017-18 mid-year Budget review $22,000 had been included as operating income together with a corresponding $22,000 in expenditure in anticipation of the new SES unit in Two Rocks being established.

All vehicles allocated to the new SES unit will come under the control of the city and any costs associated with those vehicles will be funded from local government grant scheme monies.

There are expected to be 20 volunteer positions available in the new SES unit, which will include urban search and rescue, incident triage, storm damage and a level 1 incident control centre.

It is also proposed that the unit will have its own six-bay standalone building on the TRVBB site but that could take up to three or four years to eventuate.