Ahead of the upcoming bushfire season, Kaloorup and Hithergreen Bush Fire Brigades are now better equipped to fight fires after each received new $176,000 Rural Tanker appliances.
Capes Region District Manager Danny Mosconi said that the new pumps would enhance the capabilities of the crews to respond to emergencies in the Busselton area.
“The old Kaloorup and Hithergreen appliances were nearing the end of their service lives,” Mr Mosconi said.
“The new pumps have the latest firefighting equipment for the Kaloorup and Hithergreen volunteers.
“The new rural tankers can pump 380 litres of water per minute which is a significant improvement over their predecessors.
“These appliances also have many safety features that will make responding safer with the increased braking and handling capabilities not available when the old appliances were built.”
The replacement of the old vehicles is thanks to FESA’s Emergency Services Levy.
People in the Busselton region are also reminded that winter rainfall 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 Mosconi 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.