Each year thousands of fires destroy or damage houses, sheds and garages, commercial and industrial buildings, vehicles and vast hectares of bushland throughout Western Australia (WA).
Bushfires in WA account for the highest number of fires attended to by career and volunteer firefighters.
The career Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) comprises more than 1,100 firefighters supported by more than 25,000 firefighting volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, and the Volunteer Fire Service.
Career and volunteer firefighters responded to and put out 1,360 structural fires, 1,690 rubbish fires, 1,554 vehicle and caravan fires and 5,339 bushfires for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 July 2014.
DFES’s Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit (FIAU) also support operational fire crews to establish the origin and cause of all fires attended by DFES. The unit also work closely with the Police Arson Squad to identify the cause of all suspicious and deliberately lit fires.