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Emergency services display coincides with Bushfire Action Week
Saturday 19 October 2013 – 8:00 AM
People who live near bush will be urged to prepare their properties ahead of the bushfire season at this weekend’s SmokeFree WA Kelmscott Annual Show.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) marquee will provide information for people on how to be fire safe this summer and coincides with the launch of Bushfire Action Week that is being held from 19 to 26 October.
Armadale Station Officer Ross Kitson said fire and emergency services marquee would provide an informative opportunity for people to learn about safety.
“This week is a time for people who live near bush to have a look at their property and make sure they are prepared ahead of the coming bushfire season,” Station Officer Kitson said.
“With the weather warming up, it is a perfect time for fire and emergency services to share information on how to prepare with as many people as possible,” he said.
“You can prepare by creating a 20 metre building protection zone around your home by removing anything that may catch fire, and make sure your gutters are free of leaves and other dry materials.
“A well prepared property has a better chance of surviving a fire.”
Volunteer and career firefighters from Armadale, Roleystone and Bedfordale as well as Armadale State Emergency Service and City of Armadale Ranger Services personnel will be staffing the marquee.
In addition to learning how to prepare for the bushfire season, visitors will also be provided information on volunteering with the emergency services, storm safety, home fire safety and arson awareness.
The 115th SmokeFree WA Kelmscott Annual Show will be held at Rushton Park Showgrounds, corner of River Road and Orlando Street in Kelmscott from Friday 18 to Saturday 19 October.
For information on bushfire action week, and what steps you can take to prepare for the bushfire season, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfireactionweek.
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