Fire­fight­ers beat Queens­land heat

Fire­fight­ers re­turn to Cock­burn af­ter bat­tling fires in Queens­land.

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Jessica Nico

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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489424

Fire­fight­ers Will Fog­a­rty, Bob Had­drell and Steve Goedecke re­cently re­turned from Queens­land.

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