Watch out for ar­son­ists

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

AR­SON squad of­fi­cers are call­ing on the com­mu­nity to help pre­vent bush­fires by act­ing fast to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

Deputy Premier and Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said Strike Force of­fi­cers in Perth at­tended more than one fire a day in the 2015- 16 sea­son.

“West Aus­tralians have re­cently seen the dev­as­ta­tion and tragedy caused by out- of­con­trol fires and the last thing au­thor­i­ties need to be deal­ing with is de­lib­er­ately lit blazes,” Mrs Har­vey said.

She said the spe­cial squad used covert cam­eras in bush­fire ar­son hot spots and reg­u­larly pa­trolled the ar­eas.

“Po­lice will tar­get ar­son, but we also want mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to be vig­i­lant and im­me­di­ately re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour,” Ms Har­vey said.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis said fire­fight­ers put their lives on the line to pro­tect the com­mu­nity from de­lib­er­ately lit fires.

He en­cour­aged par­ents with chil­dren fas­ci­nated by fire to con­sider the Gov­ern­ment’s ju­ve­nile and fam­ily- fire awareness pro­gram.

In the past fi­nan­cial year Strike Force Vul­can at­tended 164 fires over four months.

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