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Media Release

Perth Hills firefighters receive boost for upcoming bushfire season
Thursday 29 September 2011 – 1:10 PM

Darlington firefighters have received a significant boost to their preparations for the upcoming bushfire season in the Perth Hills.

FESA Chief Executive Officer Wayne Gregson today handed over a new $142,600 rural fire fighting appliance to the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
Mr Gregson said preparations were well underway for the upcoming bushfire season, but urged residents to also play their part in preparing their properties to survive a bushfire.
“This new appliance is impressive. It can carry double the water of its predecessor and up to five extra personnel, increasing our fire fighting capabilities in the high risk Hills region,” Mr Gregson said.
“FESA is providing our frontline firefighters with all assistance possible to help them protect local communities this bushfire season.
“This season is shaping up to be another challenging period for our firefighters and local communities and residents also have a key role to play in the preparations.
“Residents can assist firefighters by clearing vegetation around their properties and having a bushfire survival plan.”
Mr Gregson said the restricted burning period starts on 1 October for local governments in the Perth Hills, including Kalamunda, Swan, Mundaring and Armadale.
Property owners will require a permit from that date to undertake controlled burns and should check with their local government for permits that are required in their area.
“More vegetation on the ground means more fuel for bushfires,” Mr Gregson said.
“By undertaking controlled burning, using the right permits, it can significantly reduce the bushfire hazard to the community.”
For information on what steps you can take to prepare for the bushfire season click here.



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