Firies wel­come new en­gine

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

Mem­bers of the Ko­jonup Bush­fire Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee re­ceived a new Isuzu fire truck last month, after it was found its old fire truck needed me­chan­i­cal re­pairs.

The new $380,000 fire truck was pro­vided by the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices to re­place the com­mit­tee’s ex­ist­ing Ko­jonup 2.4R fire truck.

Ko­jonup bush­fire emer­gency of­fi­cer Rob Cowie said he was pleased to hear the good news be­cause the old fire truck was not due for re­place­ment un­til the next fi­nan­cial year.

“The truck had some me­chan­i­cal is­sues that needed to be fixed for the next bush­fire sea­son, so rather than re­plac­ing the pump they brought for­ward the new truck it­self,” Mr Cowie said.

Ko­jonup ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Rick Mitchell-Collins is also pleased about the com­mit­tee’s new fire truck.

“This sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment, made pos­si­ble by the Emer­gency Ser­vices Levy is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and of vi­tal im­por­tance to Ko­jonup and our neigh­bours as it en­sures the ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity of our vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers is matched by qual­ity fire­fight­ing equip­ment,” Mr Mitchel­lCollins said.

Mr Cowie said the ma­jor­ity of fire in­ci­dents that oc­curred in the area were mainly weather or ma­chin­ery-re­lated fires that hap­pened to get away.

There are a to­tal of 250 vol­un­teers and 12 brigades in the Ko­jonup Bush­fire Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

The brigades gen­er­ally at­tend 15-20 fires dur­ing the bush­fire sea­son.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ko­jonup

DFES area of­fi­cer for Al­bany Tim Wall hands over the keys to the new fire truck to for­mer Ko­jonup chief bush­fire con­trol of­fi­cer Tim John­ston.

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