The earthquake-resistant headquarters with a self-sufficient power source, soon to be filled with high-tech command center equipment and fire-fighting systems, will generate more than 250 jobs and add millions to the local economy through the construction of the new, purpose-built, $ 80 million headquarters and future proof South Australia’s ability to respond to emergencies.
Premier Steven Marshall and Minister of Emergency Services Vincent Tarzia toured the site today to see firsthand the progress of the crucial project.
“We’re building what matters, supporting the local economy by creating more than 250 jobs, and bringing CFS, MFS, SES and SAFECOM under one roof to better protect South Australians,” said Premier Marshall.
“This vital infrastructure for our state is well on its way to being completed before the next fire hazard season in South Australia and will be a great weapon for our amazing rescue workers and volunteers to save lives.”
Minister Tarzia said construction at the World Park Precinct in Keswick is progressing rapidly and is expected to be delivered by the 2021/22 bushfire season.
“This important building is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to improve and support the state’s vital emergency services,” said Minister Tarzia.
“By delivering this state-of-the-art building on time for the next bushfire season, our Rescue Services Sector (ESS) workers are better prepared for catastrophic events such as bush fires, floods and storms.
“The building has a disaster severity level 4, which enables ESS staff and volunteers to continue their priority work in isolation for up to 48 hours, even during times when larger infrastructures can fail.”
SAFECOM project manager Joan Dobbie said the new headquarters will greatly improve the way the ESS protects the community.
“The new headquarters and state control center are a much-needed facility for the ESS and will provide enhanced technology for staff and volunteers in their incredibly important roles,” said Ms. Dobbie.
“It is exciting to see how far we are from ensuring that our state’s ESS staff and volunteers are equipped with the advanced skills they need to serve the South Australian community.”
The building spans 5,500 square feet and will house five heavy tankers and one bulk carrier in readiness for operational use.
The CFS State Operations Support Brigade and SES State Operations Support Unit will join the more than 300 employees moving to headquarters along with the SES Volunteer Association, the CFS Volunteer Association and the CFS Foundation.