Clear­ing the haze

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

DARYL Bin­ning’s de­scrip­tion of the demise of the Bush Fires Board due to be­ing “bro­ken up and ab­sorbed” into the former Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Land Man­age­ment (CALM) is in­cor­rect (Bush­fire ex­per­tise gone up in smoke, WSW, November 8).

Es­tab­lished in 1985, CALM was, among other things, re­spon­si­ble for fire man­age­ment on na­tional parks, state for­est and other lands it man­aged.

To­day, these ser­vices are de­liv­ered by the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife.

CALM and the Bush Fires Board en­joyed an ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship in the ar­eas of pre­scribed burn­ing and bush­fire sup­pres­sion un­til 1999, when the board was re­placed by the newly es­tab­lished Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Author­ity. Peter Dans, Di­rec­tor, Re­gional and Fire Man­age­ment Ser­vices Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife.

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