New firefighting appliances for volunteers in Narrikup

Media Statement from Troy Buswell

•Coomalbidgup, Narrikup bush fire brigades receive appliances worth $788,000
•Equipment funded through the Emergency Services Levy

The Coomalbidgup and Narrikup bush fire brigades have received a boost ahead of the upcoming bushfire season with the arrival of $788,000 of new firefighting appliances.
Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said three new tankers would play an important role in protecting lives and property, and improve the ability of the brigades to respond to emergencies.
“The new Rural 2.4 and Rural 4.4 tankers ensure that the local volunteer firefighters have the most efficient and effective equipment at their disposal,” Mr Buswell said.
“Volunteers at both brigades worked hard to protect their local community during last year’s bushfire season, responding to major incidents in their area as well as throughout the Great Southern region.
“The new appliances replace ageing equipment and allow for more efficient delivery of water.”
The Minister said that as the 2012-13 bushfire season drew closer, now was the time during the cooler weather for people to act to help reduce their bushfire risk.
“The cooler period is a great time to do a proper audit of your property and garden and start making changes in time for the upcoming bushfire season,” he said.
“Create a 20-metre circle of safety around your home, clear of rubbish and other flammable material, and practice your bushfire survival plan with your family.
“Volunteers put in countless hours every year to make their communities a safer place and we ask that people support their efforts by being bushfire ready.
“The State Government, in partnership with FESA and local governments like the shires of Esperance and Plantagenet, are proud to assist volunteer firefighters.”
The new equipment was funded through the Emergency Services Levy.
 
Fact File
•There are more than 26,000 volunteer firefighters in Bush Fire Brigades across WA
•Two Rural 2.4 Tankers went to Narrikup BFB; Coomalbidgup BFB received a 4.4 Rural Tanker
•For information on how to prepare for bushfires visit http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au

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