Ambergate Fire Brigade has a home after two decades of service

The new facility was funded through a $321,000 grant accessed by DFES through the Emergency Services Levy and $80,000 plus land from the City. Image supplied.
The new facility was funded through a $321,000 grant accessed by DFES through the Emergency Services Levy and $80,000 plus land from the City. Image supplied.

The Ambergate Bushfire Brigade finally has a home after serving the community for two decades from the shed of farmers and bushfire brigade volunteers Key and Joyce Sue.

The new facility was officially opened on the weekend thanks to funding from the Department of Fire and Emergency Service and the City of Busselton.

DFES Lower South West superintendent Philip Brandrett said the purpose-built station would provide a home for the brigade's 25 members, and also had a designated training room and a respirator servicing room.

"The new station will enhance a sense of belonging and further build camaraderie in the community as it continues to grow," he said.

"In the past 12 months the brigade has supported incidents in Albany, Margaret River, Collie, Nannup, Donnybrook and Jarrahwood.

"The brigade has also attended major bushfires, including the Waroona/Yarloop bushfire in January 2016.

"The Ambergate BFB is heavily involved in the City of Busselton's mitigation program, assisting with most burns conducted.

"The brigade will continue to attend bushfires, both in their own community and in neighbouring areas. It's hoped the new facilities will help attract more volunteers who will contribute to keeping communities safe."

The facility was made possible through a $321,000 grant accessed by DFES through the Emergency Services Levy and $80,000 from the City of Busselton which also provided the land.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley extended his thanks to DFES for providing funding support for the new facility and to members of the brigade for their practical support during construction.

He particularly noted the input of the Sue Family.

"The City of Busselton fire control officer Ken Sue and members of his family have made a long-time commitment to bushfire safety in the region," he said.

"They have provided a solid backbone for the brigade for many years and have helped establish a strong presence here in Ambergate.

"This new facility provides a base for the 25 brigade members, equipment storage, training and meetings. It's a fitting new station and an important community asset for this fast-growing community."

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said It was great to part of the occasion to celebrate the opening of the Ambergate Fire Station.

"The establishment of this fire station is an important step to support our hard working volunteer firefighters," she said.

"I congratulate and thank the team at Ambergate for all that they do to protect our local communities.

"The electorate of Vasse is one of the key growth areas of the State and together with the significant influx of tourists in the summer months, it is vital that our volunteer teams are supported in this way.

"The fire station now means that they are able to respond even faster to any emergencies that may occur within the locality."