Firefighters beat Queensland heat
Firefighters return to Cockburn after battling fires in Queensland.
EIGHT Cockburn firefighters have made it home safely after spending a week battling bushfires in Queensland.
Four members of the South Coogee Bush Fire Bridge and four from the Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade were among a contingency of 94 WA career and volunteer firefighters who travelled east to help battle more than 110 fires burning across the northern parts of Queensland over two weeks.
They travelled to areas such as Northampton, Bundaberg, Agnes Waters, Mackay, Brisbane and Cairns to provide muchneeded help and relief support to Queensland firefighters working tirelessly to douse the flames.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) operations capability assistant commissioner Gary Gifford said it was important for WA firefighters to answer a call for help from other states.
“They were happy to be able to provide some respite to their Queensland colleagues and help protect lives and homes,” he said.
“Western Australia is a signatory of the AFAC National Resource Sharing Agreement, which means WA will provide assistance to other states when required and that assistance is reciprocated in our time of need.
“This is an extremely important agreement that provides specialist teams and respite in times of crisis,” he said.
Mr Gifford said the Queensland crisis should be a reminder to WA residents to be prepared.
“What happened in Queensland is a stark reminder for us in WA that bushfires can happen any time anywhere, and when they do they can be catastrophic, life-threatening and ultimately devastating,” he said.
“If you live near bushland you need to prepare your property for the bushfire season.”
Firefighters Will Fogarty, Bob Haddrell and Steve Goedecke recently returned from Queensland.