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Media Release

Heatwave a reminder to be bushfire ready
Friday 5 February 2016 – 9:00 AM

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging the community to remain vigilant and watch for signs of a bushfire, with scorching temperatures forecast for the coming week. 

DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm said emergency services were on high alert.

“DFES is ready to respond, and we call upon the community to be ready to act immediately if a fire starts,” Assistant Commissioner Klemm said.

“You need to know what to do if a bushfire threatens your area – whether that’s leaving early for a safer place or staying to actively defend your property.

“If you decide to stay and defend your property, you should be prepared to the highest standard, including having a generator and an independent water supply.

“Be aware of your surroundings and if a bushfire starts, act immediately for your own safety.

“Don’t wait for an official warning before you act.”

Assistant Commissioner Klemm said DFES was receiving regular briefings from the Bureau of Meteorology and pre-formed incident management teams were on standby ready to be deployed across southern WA.

“Firefighters are doing everything they can to prepare for bushfires, and you can play your part by being vigilant and putting your plan into action early.”

“To keep up-to-date bushfire warnings and Total Fire Bans, visit the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), listen to ABC local media or news bulletins.”

For more information about how to prepare and respond to bushfires visit www.areyouready.wa.gov.au 

For health advice, visit www.healthywa.wa.gov.au 

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Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955

Note to editor

DFES is advising all firefighters to ensure they are rested, hydrated and ready to respond throughout the heat wave. 

Fatigue management of crews will be a high priority when planning for and responding to emergencies.

 

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