Campaign rewarded with fire truck upgrade
Volunteer firefighters in a northern Goldfields town will be equipped to better protect the community against fires after a new truck was allocated to the Wiluna Town Bushfire Brigade.
The brigade began campaigning for a second fire truck about 18 months ago on the back of a restructure that focused on long-term sustainability and the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
Brigade captain Wade Bloffwitch said the Department of Fire and Emergency Services had advised the new appliance had been allocated and was on the build list for this financial year.
“Estimates are that we would receive the new appliance in mid-2019,” he said.
“While we would like it sooner, we are aware that the build process takes time.
“I think the brigade certainly feels that our work has been validated by this announcement and it is almost a reward for the members for the hard work over the last couple of years.
“It is the beginning on a new phase for the brigade with a new capacity for structural firefighting.”
Mr Bloffwitch said the enhanced water carrying and increased structural firefighting capacity was long overdue to ensure the brigade remained strong into the future. Wiluna has far fewer fire hydrants that most other small towns,” he said.
“We are an isolated brigade, with closest fire services backup being about 170km away.
“We can and do seek assistance from the local mine, but this now gives Wiluna the ability to be more self-sufficient.”
The Wiluna Town Bushfire Brigade has welcomed a DFES commitment to a new fire truck by mid-2019.