THE Mundaring Firefighters School will relocate to the soon-to-be repurposed Stoneville Playgroup building.
Not-for-profit organisations were invited to submit expressions of interest to use the building after the playgroup closed in January.
At this week’s Mundaring Shire ordinary meeting, council endorsed the change of use and renaming of the facility to the Mundaring Firefighters School (MFS).
MFS is used exclusively by the Shire’s nine bush fire brigades to provide a range of training courses for volunteer fire fighters.
Currently the MFS shares a building adjacent to the former playgroup with the Stoneville Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.
The re-purposing of the building is part of a bigger plan to expand MFS activities and to redevelop the Stoneville Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Station.
Shire deputy president Lynn Fisher supported the motion with a request for recognition of the fire school’s history.
“That recognition could be some sort of plaque or something within the building that recognises this incredible facility,” she said.
“MFS is something very special, other Local Governments in WA don’t have anything like we’ve got and I think we should make a big deal of how special and unique it is and celebrate it.”
The MFS instructors are all Shire of Mundaring volunteer bush fire brigade members and deliver about 48 courses each year to bush fire service volunteers.
A cost of $30,000 will be considered in the Shire’s mid-year budget review to make necessary changes to the building and health legislation.
Further development works include the construction of an annex building close to the existing building and new kitchen facilities.
The upgrades would increase the hireability of the space for community use outside the times used by MFS.
The cost of these additions have not yet been finalised but it is proposed the cost be shared between a Lotterywest grant, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Shire of Mundaring.
By Claire Ottaviano