Bri­gades brush up and view new gear

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Karen Hunt

VOL­UN­TEER bush fire bri­gades from around the Bridgetown-Green­bushes shire gath­ered at the High­lands es­tate on Saturday for a train­ing day and brief­ing ahead of the fire sea­son.

The train­ing day was a chance for 50 vol­un­teers from the shire’s 10 bri­gades to take part in drills, brush up on safety pro­ce­dures and fa­mil­iarise them­selves with new equip­ment.

One new piece of equip­ment, de­liv­ered in June, is a 2000-litre ca­pac­ity four-wheel-drive truck fit­ted with heat shields and sprin­kler sys­tem.

“It’ll be sta­tioned here at the High­lands sta­tion giv­ing us pro­tec­tion for the west­ern part of Bridgetown,” shire emer­gency ser­vices man­ager Chris Sousa said.

“It’s cer­tainly a wel­come ad­di­tion to the fleet.”

The shire also re­ceived a new light tanker for the Yor­nup bri­gade in July and three new light ve­hi­cles to re­place older mod­els which did not meet safety spec­i­fi­ca­tions, he said. Each of the bri­gades is now well equipped, with 12 ve­hi­cles spread across the shire.

“We’ve got a good mix – five light units, six heavy ve­hi­cles and bulk wa­ter tankers,” Mr Sousa said.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices of­fi­cers were at the train­ing day to speak about be­ing bush­fir­eready as sum­mer ap­proaches.

The Depart­ment is ad­vo­cat­ing ev­ery fam­ily has at least a five-minute chat about how pre­pared they are and what their plan is in the event of a bush­fire threat.

“Are they pre­pared and if a fire hap­pens what would they do and how would they get out? Mr Sousa said

“That’s the bare min­i­mum that we’re ask­ing peo­ple to do, have a five-minute chat with their fam­i­lies.”

Hester Brook vol­un­teers test the heat shields and sprin­kler sys­tem on their new truck as Bridgetown emer­gency ser­vices man­ager Chris Sousa and Hester Brook bri­gade chief David Jenk­ins look on.

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