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Media Release

Manypeaks Bush Fire Brigade resources bolstered with new pump
Friday 23 September 2011 – 11:50 AM

Ahead of the upcoming bushfire season the Manypeaks Bush Fire Brigade is now better equipped to fight fires after receiving a new $250,000 rural tanker firefighting appliance.

Great Southern Region District Manager Kevin Parsons said that the new pump has an increased capacity and uses water more efficiently which will prove invaluable over the summer months.
 
“The old Manypeaks appliance was nearing the end of service life,” Mr Parsons said. 
 
“The new pump has the latest firefighting equipment for the Manypeaks crew.
 
“The new rural tanker can pump 1200 litres of water per minute which is a significant improvement over its predecessor.
 
“This appliance also has many safety features that will make responding to emergencies safer with the increased braking and handling capabilities not available when the old appliance was built.”
 
The replacement of the old vehicle is thanks to FESA’s Emergency Services Levy.
 
People in the Great Southern region are also reminded that above average rainfall this winter has resulted in an increase in the amount of vegetation on the ground.
 
“More vegetation on the ground means there is more fuel for bushfires,” Mr Parsons said.
 
“You can play your part in reducing the risk of a bushfire, 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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