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Media Release

Williams receives boost to firefighting resources ahead of bushfire season
Friday 21 October 2011 – 4:40 PM

Ahead of the upcoming bushfire season, Williams Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is now better equipped to serve the community after receiving a new $380,000 firefighting appliance.

Area Manager Narrogin South Simon Vogel said that the new appliance would enhance the capabilities of the crews to respond to emergencies and formed part of the regions preparations for the upcoming bushfire season.
“This new appliance is impressive, it can pump 1,800 litres of water per minute which is a significant improvement over its predecessors,” Mr Vogel said.
“FESA is providing our frontline firefighters with all additional assistance possible to help them protect local communities this bushfire season.”
This week, Bushfire Action Week October 16 to 23, is another reminder for West Australians to start their bushfire season preparations now as better prepared homes and families are more likely to survive an emergency situation this summer.
“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,” Mr Vogel said.
“Bushfires can and do occur in areas surrounded by bushland, even in suburban areas and urban fringe so don’t think it won’t happen to you. You should take action now to improve your chances of surviving a bushfire.”
People in the Williams 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 Vogel 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 click here to view FESA’s Prepare. Act. Survive document.
The new appliance has been funded through the FESA’s Capital Works Program. 
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