- $15.4 million crew protection project
- New lifesaving protective equipment for firefighters
- Extra protection if fire crews become trapped in a bushfire
The latest lifesaving equipment to help protect Western Australian firefighters should they become trapped by fire while in their vehicles, was unveiled today by Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis.
Mr Francis said the new protection measures included external water deluge systems, in-cab air breathing systems and protection for vital equipment such as vehicle wiring, water and fuel lines.
"These new systems are part of an ongoing crew protection project that's providing a safer working environment for volunteer and career firefighters," he said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $15.4 million crew protection project was made possible by a $12.3 million investment over three years through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
"Fighting fires is dangerous work - making that work safer is part of the Government's commitment to support the thousands of firefighters who help protect our communities each bushfire season," Mr Redman said.
The new crew protection equipment will be installed in nearly 1,000 Fire and Emergency Services and local government firefighting vehicles, with brigades operating in high-risk bushfire areas taking priority.
The crew protection project is in its second phase. So far, 3,700 burnover blankets have been installed and 883 firefighting appliances fitted with radiant heat shields.
The third and final phase of the project is due to begin in 2016 and will see the installation of an advanced vehicle locating system for appliances.
- The first appliances fitted with the latest protective equipment will go to brigades in high bushfire risk areas in the Great Southern
- The launch of the new crew protection equipment was held at the 2015 Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Conference
- In addition, the State Government recently invested $7.6 million towards a Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
- For more information about preparing for bushfires, visit http://www.areyouready.wa.gov.au/
Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500