Push for bush­fire bri­gade

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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