Push for bushfire brigade
The City of Karratha is seeking to establish a bushfire brigade to focus on responding to fires outside the Karratha townsite without affecting existing services’ ability to protect the town.
Currently, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigades support bushfire fighting activities, potentially leaving towns unprotected.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said having a dedicated bushfire service could allow faster response times to fires.
“We currently have Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services in Karratha, Roebourne and Wickham, as well as our existing bushfire bri- gade in Point Samson, and all of these groups do a fantastic job,” he said.
“The new bushfire brigade would be working alongside these groups and I imagine many of our committed volunteers would be open to having dual memberships.”
At the City’s September council meeting, Councillor Fiona WhiteHartig said there had not been enough consultation with the volunteer fire and rescue services.
Ms White-Hartig raised concerns the brigade would struggle to attract enough members.
Mr Long said consultation would now take place with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and VFRS crews.