Fremantle career Fire and Rescue firefighters will be better equipped to fight fires this bushfire season after receiving a brand new fire appliance.
The $564,780 heavy pumper appliance is easy to operate and uses water more efficiently.
District Manager Cockburn Sound, Peter McCarthy said the new pump would enhance the capabilities of the crew to respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently in the Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville areas.
“The old appliance was nearing the end of service life and the new one features improved ergonomics and enhanced capabilities for the Fremantle crew,” Mr McCarthy said.
“With a very busy bushfire season predicted the new pump will be put to good use protecting the local community.
“The new pump can deliver up to 4500 litres of water per minute and features a foam function which enables firefighters to smother a fire of oxygen.
“The appliance was obtained as part of the state governments capital works program.”
Mr McCarthy said that people could protect themselves this bushfire season and help firefighters by ensuring their property was well prepared and that they had a bushfire survival plan in place.
“Throughout the Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville areas there are many bushland reserves, which if involved in fire could put people, property and the environment at risk,” he said.
“This is why anyone living within 100 metres of bushland needs to prepare.
“It is your responsibility to reduce the risk to your family and home, and take actions to survive a bushfire by being prepared and planning what you would do if a bushfire occurred well in advance.”
For more information on how you can prepare for a bushfire visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au to view FESA’s Prepare. Act. Survive. document.