Brigades brush up and view new gear
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.