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Media Release

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

The Dongara Bush Fire Brigade’s resources have been boosted ahead of the upcoming bushfire season with the arrival of a new $262,000 firefighting appliance.

FESA District Manager Midwest Gascoyne South Stephen McDonald 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 McDonald said.
“It will give our firefighters an additional resource for what is expected to be a very busy bushfire season.
“Bushfires are inevitable and we are doing all we can to be prepared for the summer ahead of us,” he said.
Residents are being urged 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 and local communities have a key role to play in the preparations,” Mr McDonald said.
“Winter rainfall has resulted in an increased amount of vegetation that can act as fuel loads for bushfires.
“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.
“If you’re using harvesters make sure you follow safe harvesting practices, conduct regular maintenance checks and keep your headers clean,” 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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