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Western Australia - New Perth Station
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No: 29469   Contributor: Matt Hayes   Year: 2008   Country: Australia
Western Australia - New Perth Station

This was taken back in 2008 , a trial fitting.

Picture added on 12 September 2011 at 23:07
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It's a bit late to see if they fit once it's built....

Added by Andy on 13 September 2011.
INQUIRY INTO FIRE SERVICE AXES TOP POSITION! Following two disasterous fires in Western Australia, one on 31 December 2010 with the loss of 37 homes at Toodyay, 80 kilometres north east of Perth City, and the loss of 71 homes in the Perth hills on 8 February 2011, a Special Inquiry was held into the Fire and Emergency Service Authority of Western Australia (FESA).

Former Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty made 55 recommendations including FESA needed cultural and urgent change. The report highlighted dysfunctional relationship between FESA, the Dept of Environment (Forest Fire Service) and Volunteer Fire Fighters.

In the aftermarth of the Inquiry the Chief Executive Officer, a woman, has been moved sideways to another Government position. The Chief Operations Officer (Fire Brigade) has resigned.

It was reported the Government has disbanded the FESA Board and appointed a new Fire Commissioner who will report directly to the Emergency Services Minister. The new appointment has gone to an Assistant Commisioner of Police who will perform the role for a twelve month period.

But the Opposition Government has called for the Emergency Services Minister to be sacked! The Minister has constantly told parliament it is not his fault.

On a brighter note, an Acting Chief Operations Officer (Fire Chief) has been appointed who has 37 years fire service experience, and began his career as a Volunteer Fire Fighter.

The debacle of a fire station above was the result of the previous FESA organisation, which you will find other reference to on this site. The appliances could not be parked side by side as the engine room bays were too small and the doors of the vehicles clashed together. After standing vacant for over a year, the Fire Fighters Union reluctantly agreed to stagger-park the appliances as a compromise.

There have been media reports that FESA had 800 bureaucrats for only 500 career fire fighters. But the Emergency Services Minister was reported as saying "Don't forget all the other volunteers that FESA has to administer too, , "

With good rains this season Perth is about to move into the hottest months of the year, and Fire Officials are warning conditions are equal to that of the disasterous fires earlier in the year. Perth had a forcast temperature today of 34 degrees C.


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