Western Australia sends support for South Australian bushfires
A contingent of 17 personnel departed this morning to assist South Australia in responding to a number of bushfires burning across the State.
The Western Australian group consists of 12 personnel from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), four from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), and one volunteer from Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade.
DFES Duty Assistant Commissioner Chris Arnol said the group would initially assist in supporting the South Australian incident management team for the Eden Valley bushfire in the Barossa region.
"WA was asked to send assistance and despite our own recent bushfires, WA personnel are always willing to help fellow firefighters in other states.
"Over 2,500 hectares of grassland and at least three homes have been destroyed by a bushfire burning in Eden Valley.
"Our team has been deployed to assist with the management of the emergency on a 12 hour shift rotation until the incident concludes.
"DFES and DPaW would also like to reassure Western Australians that safety of our State remains the priority, and would always ensure there is adequate protection in place.
"Like many people in Australia my heart goes out to all the families who have lost properties or have been affected by the number of devastating bushfires that are occurring across the country.”
The exact period of any deployment can be difficult to determine, however it is anticipated the Western Australian team will be deployed in South Australia for approximately five days.