Up­per Great South­ern con­trols its fire des­tiny

Great Southern Herald - - News -

The Up­per Great South­ern will have a big­ger voice in the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice, as the area now has its own stand­alone re­gion.

For­merly ad­min­is­trated from Al­bany, DFES’s Up­per Great South­ern re­gion is now based in Nar­ro­gin.

The new re­gion will cover 55,000sqkm, nearly a third of the size of the for­mer com­bined Great South­ern re­gion.

Seven­teen lo­cal govern­ments fall into the Up­per Great South­ern re­gion, from Bod­ding­ton in the west, Cor­ri­gin to the north, Kent and West Arthur to the south, and Lake Grace in the east.

From 105 bri­gades, groups and units, 3300 vol­un­teers will now re­ceive sup­port, ad­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der the new re­gion.

Up­per Great South­ern re­gion’s Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent, Sven An­der­sen, says the risks fac­ing the Up­per Great South­ern are dif­fer­ent to coastal ar­eas around Al­bany.

“The main risks in the Up­per Great South­ern re­gion would be bush­fires,” he said.

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