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Media Release

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

The Harvey Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service has received a boost ahead of the upcoming bushfire season with the arrival of a new $116,000 light tanker.

FESA District Manager Southwest Chris Widmer said the versatile appliance would play an important role this summer and would improve crews’ ability to respond to emergencies.
“The new light tanker is a more efficient and effective upgrade on existing equipment,” Mr Widmer said.
“It means our frontline firefighters will be better prepared 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.
Residents are being urged to act now to ensure they are prepared for the coming bushfire season.
“Fire agencies are doing everything they can ahead of the summer, but it is important that residents make their own preparations by reducing vegetation around their property and ensuring they have a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Widmer said.
“Our brigades are ready and we have an excellent contingent of dedicated volunteers. It’s now important that members of the community play their part.
“People need to do what they can to help reduce risks, and increase the chance that they and their property will survive a bushfire,” he said.
For information on how you can prepare for a bushfire 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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