Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Emergency services on alert for busy season

    4/11/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Key operational personnel attend WA Seasonal Outlook briefing
    • West Australians urged to prepare for a challenging bushfire and cyclone season

    More than 150 personnel from Western Australia’s emergency service agencies come together today at the annual WA Seasonal Outlook in preparation for a challenging bushfire and cyclone season.

     

    The briefing involves operational staff from the key agencies of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA); Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC); Bureau of Meteorology; WA Police; and local governments.

     

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said collaboration between agencies was a key focus for the State Government and all agencies were working together to be as prepared as possible to protect West Australians during this busy season.

     

    “Community safety is the priority this summer and with cyclones predicted in the north and bushfires expected throughout the State, there’s no part of WA that can afford to be unprepared,” Mr Johnson said.

     

    “The Seasonal Outlook is an important opportunity to ensure that all the different agencies do have a clear understanding of changes to operations management and State operational plans and can discuss any issues with their counterparts.”

     

    Mr Johnson said FESA had been working in partnership with the State Government, DEC and local governments to implement key recommendations from the Perth Hills Bushfire Review and other reports following the major fires last season.

     

    Environment Minister Bill Marmion said DEC had been taking every opportunity to undertake prescribed burns, particularly near communities in the Darling Scarp.

     

    “For the period July 1 to October 27 2011, DEC has either completed or begun 42 burns over an area of 12,034ha in the area between Moore River and Waroona,” Mr Marmion said.

     

    “This is 10 more burns than this time last year, when DEC were hampered by an extremely dry winter and a lack of spring rain.”

     

          Fact File

    • WA’s bushfire season in the South-West typically starts in November and continues through to April
    • Residents of fire-prone areas and living near bushland, need to have a bushfire survival plan; visit http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au for more information

    Emergency Services Minister's office - 9222 9211

    Environment Minister's office - 9220 5000