Mandurah's emergency workers get ready to put their skills to the test

Representatives from more than 20 emergency response agencies came together at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) recently for an emergency walk-through exercise.

The Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) organised the exercise to show its members how the MARC would be used as a welfare centre in a crisis situation.

The LEMC in made up of agencies such as the City of Mandurah, WA Police, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Peel Health Campus, Australian Red Cross, St John Ambulance and the city’s surf lifesaving clubs.

Most of the group members already have first-hand experience assisting at the Murray Leisure Centre during the Waroona-Harvey bushfires in 2016.

The MARC is one of four nominated welfare centres in Mandurah, which would be jointly run by the City of Mandurah and Department of Communities in an emergency.

Mandurah chief Mark Newman said the work the City does with its emergency service partners is vital to ensure it is prepared to protect the community.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated Emergency Management Team working with all levels of government and agencies to create emergency plans and build resilience within the community,” he said.

“This recent exercise is an example of how the local team are preparing themselves and our community for a successful and safe response to an emergency situation.”

For more information about the City’s Local Emergency Management Plans go to mandurah.wa.gov.au.