Residents of Bullsbrook and neighbouring areas will be better protected during emergencies following the expansion of the local fire brigade.
Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today launched the Bullsbrook Volunteer Fire Service, which replaces the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
Mr Johnson said the district’s new service recognised the increased role of local volunteer firefighters, who had received extra training and equipment to deal with a wider range of emergencies.
“The change means local firefighters will continue to meet the growing demands of the rapidly developing community and busy Great Northern Highway,” he said.
“Previously, volunteer firefighters only responded to bushfires, but they will now also attend structure fires, hazardous material incidents and vehicle crashes.
“The City of Swan is no stranger to destructive bushfires and with continued population growth, there is an increased structural fire and bushfire risk, particularly in nearby rural subdivisions and housing estates such as Ellenbrook.
“With Bullsbrook being next to the highway and the traffic statistics growing rapidly, there is also an increased risk of road crashes.
“The fire station is in an excellent position for volunteer firefighters to be able to rapidly respond to fire and rescue incidents, which is essential as every second is critical in an emergency.”
The Minister commended the enthusiasm of the local volunteer firefighters in taking on extra responsibilities.
“For more than 100 years, Bullsbrook firefighters have protected local residents,” he said.
“The community is extremely fortunate to be able to rely on such dedicated volunteers, especially when disaster strikes, and I wish them all the best in their new role.”
The City of Swan handed over the local bushfire brigade to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority to enable it to become a Volunteer Fire Service.
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