Co­or­di­na­tors pre­pare for fire sea­son

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Bush­fire Ready fa­cil­i­ta­tors and co­or­di­na­tors in the Shire of Har­vey held a meet­ing last Tues­day to dis­cuss prepa­ra­tion for the bush­fire sea­son ahead.

DFES com­mu­nity emer­gency ser­vices man­ager for the shire Shaun Champ said the meet­ing was to make sure com­mu­nity lead­ers were on the same page and up to date.

“The pur­pose of the meet­ing was to get the co­or­di­na­tors and fa­cil­i­ta­tors to pre­pare for the up­com­ing bush­fire sea­son,” he said. “We’re as ready as we can be.” Bush­fire Ready co­or­di­na­tors are res­i­dents in charge of a lo­cal group of neigh­bours, and fa­cil­i­ta­tors are in charge of the groups in a par­tic­u­lar area and must be linked with a lo­cal fire bri­gade.

Bush­fire Ready is a com­mu­nity driven pro­gram aimed at en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to work to­gether in pre­par­ing and pro­tect­ing their fam­i­lies and prop­er­ties against bush fires.

Mr Champ said the meet­ing was suc­cess­ful in pro­vid­ing fur­ther clar­ity be­tween co-ordinators, fa­cil­i­ta­tors and DFES.

“Thank you to all the fa­cilita- tors, co­or­di­na­tors and vol­un­teers for mak­ing it work,” he said. “We are al­ways want­ing to ex­pand the pro­gram and any­one want­ing to start a group can con­tact DFES or the Shire of Har­vey.”

DFES com­mu­nity emer­gency ser­vices man­ager for the Shire of Har­vey talks about bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion and be­ing pre­pared.

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