Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New bulk water tankers for Wanneroo volunteers

    21/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • New bulk water tankers part of ongoing $3.2million program
    • Water tankers to be provided to volunteer brigades in high risk areas
    Volunteer firefighters located in high risk areas around Perth will receive a significant boost to their resources this bushfire season with the delivery of new bulk water tankers.

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today handed over a new bulk water tanker to the City of Wanneroo and the Wanneroo Central Bush Fire Brigade.

    Mr Johnson said a total of nine new tankers were in the process of being delivered to volunteer bushfire brigades as part of an ongoing $3.2million program being funded by the State Government and the Emergency Services Levy.

    “Water and power supply can’t be guaranteed in a bushfire, so it’s critical that our firefighters have the capacity to get water to an emergency at all times,” he said.

    “The bushland areas around Perth are at a high risk of bushfire and this multi-million dollar bulk water tanker program is an important initiative to support volunteer firefighters to prepare for the upcoming season.”

    The Minister said the new tankers could carry 12,000 litres of water and also included an onboard pump to draw water from holding areas such as tanks, dams and springs.

    Mr Johnson also reminded the Wanneroo community that it was Bushfire Action Week and urged people to clear vegetation from around properties and create a family bushfire survival plan.

    “Our volunteer firefighters do an extraordinary job to protect local communities, but residents who live near bushland also have a crucial role to play to prepare their homes,” he said.

    “Homes should be cleared of surrounding dry material and overhanging branches, and families should work together to develop a bushfire survival plan.”
     
          Fact File
    • Bush fire brigades are administered by local governments and trained and supported by FESA in bushfire response and prevention
    • There are nearly 31,000 volunteers in 585 bushfire brigades across WA
    • Information about how to Prepare. Act. Survive. is available from http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au
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