It has been a challenging high-threat season with our emergency services volunteers and DFES personnel responding to more than 14,400 incidents since November.
When the Western Australian community has needed them most, the emergency services have responded to bushfires, severe weather events, structures fires, searches both on land and at sea, road crash and other rescues.
The WA community has been particularly devastated by the loss of homes, commercial properties and critical infrastructure in the Wooroloo bushfire and more recently by Tropical Cyclone Seroja.
Emergency services volunteers and personnel both locally and from around the State answered the call to help prepare the affected communities, protect them throughout the incident and stay to help them clean-up and recover in the aftermath.
Both incidents coincided with mandated lockdowns as a result of COVID-19 cases in the community and emergency services volunteers and personnel adapted quickly to maintain response without compromising their role in protecting the community.
I take great pride in the way all of our emergency services personnel collaborated with other agencies to support our fellow Western Australians.
These sentiments were echoed by the wider community and around the world and I take this opportunity to share with you the correspondence from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.
The Prince of Wales expressed his heartfelt sympathies to those who lost their homes and expressed his admiration for the emergency services personnel who were involved in the response effort.
Read the full letter from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales:
The Governor’s letter recognised the extraordinary efforts of our emergency services personnel in protecting lives and property during the Wooroloo bushfire.
He also acknowledged the efforts of emergency services personnel in the response to the devastation caused by TC Seroja in the Geraldton, Kalbarri and surrounding communities.
Read the full letter from The Honourable Kim Beazley AC:
As the State enters the medium threat period, I thank you all for your continued dedication to your service and readiness to protect the community.
DARREN KLEMM AFSM
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMISSIONER