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Media Release

Fire agencies test preparations for coming season
Tuesday 8 November 2011 – 11:00 AM

Western Australia’s fire agencies will test their preparations for the coming season today in a major Statewide multiagency bushfire exercise involving several simultaneous incidents.

The exercise will take place across six regions and involved agencies including FESA, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), Local Government, Western Australia Police and the Department for Child Protection.
FESA A/Assistant Chief Operations Officer Murray Bawden said the activity is an important part of the State’s bushfire preparations.
“Today’s exercise provides a valuable opportunity for agencies to test their response and coordination to a situation involving several serious and challenging bushfires occurring simultaneously,” Mr Bawden said.
“The exercise will be run at a State level with participation from various agencies. It is a complex exercise that involves the deployment of resources to the location of the incident. 
“Agencies will be able to take any lessons learnt from today and further refine their preparations before the first major bushfire this season.”
DEC Principal Fire Operations Officer Terry Maher said simulated incidents in one of the regions involve DEC managing bushfires and the exercise provides a very realistic example of how agencies need to work together in the coming months.
“DEC works closely with FESA, Local Government and other support agencies during bushfires that occur on DEC-managed land and it’s important to test our interagency arrangements prior to the season,” Mr Maher said.
“All agencies need to know what their role is in a major incident and work together for the safety of the West Australian community.
“It is great to see DEC participating in this simulated bushfire exercise and it is sure to provide some important lessons in time for the season.”
The exercise will test state emergency management arrangements, the flow of information from local areas through Regional Operations Centres to the State Operations Centre, critical infrastructure identification, community meetings and public information.

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