Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm has praised a cross-agency effort to strengthen WA’s bushfire-fighting capability which also delivered on a new government policy to boost Collie’s economy.
Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan announced in December 2019 two contracts worth $125 million had been awarded to a Perth-based firm to build new firefighting vehicles in WA.
At the same time, the State Government announced the successful tenderer would receive a grant of $2.5 million to establish a manufacturing capability in Collie to carry out some of the work, and also the release of a new tender for “1.4 Tanker” firefighting vehicles to be built in Collie.
Led by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the project included assistance from the Departments of Finance; Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) and Premier and Cabinet (DPC).
Finance managed the procurement process while JTSI and DPC incorporated the Government commitment to grow and diversify Collie’s economy and create long-term jobs in the region.
Commissioner Klemm acknowledged the leadership, professionalism and quality of teamwork of staff from all four agencies which ensured the complex project was delivered successfully, including the large-scale tendering process, equipment testing and grant administration.
“It was a significant achievement to bring all the ‘moving parts’ together to deliver the first stage of the Government’s new policy which aims to expand the emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry in Collie,” he said.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the project on behalf of DFES and the many volunteer and career firefighters who will benefit from the initiative.”
Department of Finance Director General Jodi Cant was also proud of the achievement as a cross-agency initiative.
“It’s amazing what we can achieve when we work together for WA,” she said.
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