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Media Release

Broome firefighting resources bolstered with new pump
Monday 29 August 2011 – 3:00 PM

Broome Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade is now better equipped to fight fires after receiving a new $163,000 rural 1.4 tanker firefighting appliance.
FESA Area Manager Fire Services West Kimberley Lee Vallance said that the new rural tanker uses water more efficiently and enhances the crew’s capabilities to respond to emergencies.
“The new 1.4 tanker is a large four wheel drive dual cab appliance that can hold five firefighters and carry 1,000 litres of water. It has the latest firefighting equipment and can pump 380 litres of water per minute,” Mr Vallance said.
“It has many safety features that will make responding to emergencies safer, with increased braking and handling capabilities.”
The new appliance has been funded through the Emergency Services Levy, and is in addition to the Broome Bush Fire Brigade’s current large 4,000 litre dual capacity Rural Tanker and Light Tanker.
Mr Vallance said that as the Kimberley is now in the middle of the bushfire season, the timely arrival of this additional new firefighting appliance will assist the Broome Bush Fire Brigade volunteers in controlling bushfires in the Shire of Broome.
Broome residents are reminded that record rainfall during the wet season has resulted in a significant increase in the amount of vegetation in the Kimberley region this dry season.

“The recent bushfire that burnt an estimated 101,000 hectares north of Broome demonstrated the need for residents and travellers to be vigilant,” Mr Vallance said.

“You can play your part by reducing the amount of vegetation around your property and ensuring you have a bushfire survival plan.”

For information on how you can prepare for a bushfire visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au to view FESA’s Prepare. Act. Survive document.


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