Cam­paign re­warded with fire truck up­grade

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers in a north­ern Gold­fields town will be equipped to bet­ter pro­tect the com­mu­nity against fires af­ter a new truck was al­lo­cated to the Wiluna Town Bush­fire Bri­gade.

The bri­gade be­gan cam­paign­ing for a sec­ond fire truck about 18 months ago on the back of a re­struc­ture that fo­cused on long-term sus­tain­abil­ity and the re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of vol­un­teers.

Bri­gade cap­tain Wade Blof­fwitch said the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices had ad­vised the new ap­pli­ance had been al­lo­cated and was on the build list for this fi­nan­cial year.

“Es­ti­mates are that we would re­ceive the new ap­pli­ance in mid-2019,” he said.

“While we would like it sooner, we are aware that the build process takes time.

“I think the bri­gade cer­tainly feels that our work has been val­i­dated by this an­nounce­ment and it is al­most a re­ward for the mem­bers for the hard work over the last cou­ple of years.

“It is the be­gin­ning on a new phase for the bri­gade with a new ca­pac­ity for struc­tural fire­fight­ing.”

Mr Blof­fwitch said the en­hanced wa­ter car­ry­ing and in­creased struc­tural fire­fight­ing ca­pac­ity was long over­due to en­sure the bri­gade re­mained strong into the fu­ture. Wiluna has far fewer fire hy­drants that most other small towns,” he said.

“We are an iso­lated bri­gade, with clos­est fire ser­vices backup be­ing about 170km away.

“We can and do seek as­sis­tance from the lo­cal mine, but this now gives Wiluna the abil­ity to be more self-suf­fi­cient.”

The Wiluna Town Bush­fire Bri­gade has wel­comed a DFES com­mit­ment to a new fire truck by mid-2019.

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