‘Trayning’ opportunities unlocked for volunteer firefighters

  • Trayning VFES officially opens its new station and training hub
  • New facility allows all firefighting vehicles to be housed in the same location

Trayning Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) have a new fire station that will also serve as a modern training hub for firefighters in the Upper Wheatbelt.

The $830,000 upgrades were funded by the Emergency Services Levy and an additional $50,000 was contributed from the Shire of Trayning.

The facility is equipped with a new meeting and training room, kitchen and office services, and showers complete with Personal Protective Equipment washing amenities.

Trayning VFES can now house its four appliances at one centralised location – previously, the tankers had to be kept at several different sites. The large appliance bay at the new station has the room to accommodate the brigade’s Light Tanker, 3.4 Urban Tanker and two 2.4 Broadacre Tankers.

Volunteers and Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff will be able to take advantage of the upgraded facilities by delivering training courses from the station.

This will make Trayning VFES a key location for those in the Upper Wheatbelt who want to upskill or for new members learning the ropes of volunteer firefighting.

Trayning VFES was established 20 years ago through the amalgamation of the Trayning State Emergency Service, the Trayning Bush Fire Brigade, Kununoppin BFB and Yelbeni BFB. With 18 active and three support members, the brigade provides support to the Upper Wheatbelt as well as the adjacent Goldfields.

As stated by Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

“I am pleased to announce the opening of the state-of-the-art fire station for Trayning VFES.

“The brigade has served the local community for 20 years and this upgrade will ensure it continues to do so well into the future.

“It can now serve as a training hub for those in the Upper Wheatbelt, so this is a significant investment for the region.

“These much-needed upgrades were made possible through funding from the Emergency Services Levy and an additional contribution from the Shire of Trayning.”

As stated by Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:

“Our volunteer firies provide a vital service to regional communities, and I am proud that our Government continues to offer support with funding for suitable facilities.

“Changes to the way the Emergency Services Levy is collected enable these investments in regional WA.

“I thank the Minister for this important investment in the Trayning community.”

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