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Media Release

Gingin receives boost to firefighting resources ahead of bushfire season
Friday 18 November 2011 – 2:00 PM

The Gingin South Bush Fire Brigade has received a boost ahead of the upcoming bushfire season with the arrival of a new $250,000 firefighting appliance.

FESA District Manager North Coastal Mike Teraci said the new appliance would play an important role this summer and would improve the brigade’s ability to respond to emergencies.
“The new appliance can pump 1,200 litres of water per minute which is a significant improvement over its predecessors,” Mr Teraci said.

“It will give our firefighters an additional resource for what is expected to be a very busy bushfire season.
“We’ve seen a lot of rain this past winter and that means there’s an increased amount of vegetation that can act as fuel loads for bushfires,” he said.
People in the Gingin area are being urged to act now to ensure they are prepared for the coming bushfire season.

“FESA and the Gingin Shire are doing everything they can to be prepared for the summer, it’s now time for the community to play their part,” Mr Teraci said.
“Residents can prepare their property by reducing vegetation around their home and removing potential fire traps.
“If you use harvesters make sure you follow safe harvesting practices, conduct regular maintenance checks and keep your headers clean.
“It’s also essential that you have a bushfire survival plan, which needs to include provisions for livestock and pets if necessary,” he said.
For information on how you can prepare for the bushfire season visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au to view FESA’s Prepare. Act. Survive document.
The new equipment was provided by FESA through their Emergency Services Levy.


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